I don't see any progress indicator, and the title of the window says:

Searching "[Directory]"

Is there supposed to be something that happens to let me know when the search is complete? On some large directories (tens of thousands of files in hundreds of sub-directories) I know the search isn't complete, because it hasn't found files that I know are there, and I usually give up before it finds them. So on a directory with less files it is rather concerning to see no indication if the search is done yet or not, especially when nothing has been found that I hope will be found, but am not sure if will.

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Yes you can. Turn on the status bar: View > Show Status Bar.

There you can see whether the Mac is searching.

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  • Thanks! Looks like this is a new feature in Mavericks, it works on my 10.9 box, but not another box running 10.8.5.
    – Michael
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 21:05
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    Don't seems to be working on High Sierra 10.13.6 Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 11:52

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