Updated: September 19, 2016

Busy Indicator


The busy indicator informs the user about an ongoing operation. It can be displayed with or without text next to it.


  • Avoid showing multiple busy indicators at the same time.
  • Use the busy indicator when the ongoing operation is relevant to a specific control among other controls on the screen.


  • Don’t display the busy indicator if the operation takes less than one second.
  • Don’t use the busy indicator if you need to block the user from doing another activity. In this case, use the Busy dialog box.
  • Don’t change the mouse cursor to indicate the ongoing operation.
  • Don’t use a custom progress indicator icon.