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Other Questions and Answers address how to check the progress of Spotlight rebuilding its index, previous to El Capitan: Click the Spotlight menu. The menu/panel that appears reports a progress bar if re-indexing is in progress.

In El Capitan, that menu/panel no longer appears. Now a grey box appears in the middle of the screen where we are expected to enter our search words. The re-indexing progress bar no longer appears.

screen shot of Spotlight data-entry box

marked as duplicate by Basil Bourque, Community Oct 24 '15 at 18:21

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Type something — anything — in the gray box to reveal indexing progress:

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    This doesn't show indexing progress; this just shows that indexing is happening. That bar is equivalent to a spinner. – akroy Jun 25 '18 at 17:16

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