In most cases I used the statusbar to do this but I found out not everybody always sees that. In the
new beta version I published today (3.11.t beta) I have used a new progress indicator for a large part of the utilities. This also has the benefit that you can easily cancel an operation, for example if you have made a mistake and waiting for it to finish takes too long.
Something that used to be displayed as:
Will now be displayed as:
At this moment the new progress indicators are not implemented for all utilities (we still have to do the utilities that work with userforms), but that is only a matter of time.
Update 30 march 2006:
The new look will be