Apple seems to have taken the brilliant decision of not showing progress indicators when you are checking for new emails. This is annoying, as you get 0 feedback when you press the "Get new messages" button.

Is there any way of getting Mail to still show the "checking for email" progress indicators?

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I also found this problem pretty disturbing.

I didn't find a solution to bring the indicator back yet, but for having some kind of feedback I am using the activity window:

You can find it in the menubar: Windows --> Activity or you can press cmd + alt + 0


Click the arrow at the bottom of the sidebar in the main window to show the 'Mail Activity" indicators.

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    This does not show "checking for email" activities.
    – bogdansrc
    Dec 2, 2012 at 5:01

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