How to view Export Mailbox status in Mail App?

I am trying to archive my mails: I created a Smart Mailbox, which includes the mails received in last year, then right click Export Mailbox to a .mbox file.

In the User Interface of Mail App, no export progress/ status is being displayed. How can I view the export status?

I can now only guess the export status is complete or not by checking the .mbox filename contains .partial or not.

  • do you have a mail box with >20 Gig size? – Ruskes Jan 13 '15 at 8:18
  • The smart mailbox is around 10GB size so far. Backup took around 2 hours. – Raptor Jan 13 '15 at 8:28

Window > Activity - will show you what the mail app is busy with

i.e. Exporting mailbox, copying 2551 of 3762 messages and a progress bar

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    Not working for me (macOS 10.12.6) -- the Activity window is empty – qqilihq Aug 13 '18 at 15:26
  • Yes export will not appear in there at all. There is no way to know the status of the export. That, IMO, is pretty creepy. – Kamafeather Mar 28 '20 at 5:19

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