This idea has been merged with geoprocessing progress in background needs better indicator.
When doing a Geoprocessing Tool like Buffering or Union, instead of getting a box on the screen that tells you where it is in the process, you get this 'marquee' style strip at the bottom of the screen that's hardly even noticable. When we first downloaded Arc10 I thought the process didn't work. I did not notice the print going across the bottom or the box that flashes afterward, which you'll also miss if you're not watching for it. And, if the process has an error, and you're not watching it, you'll miss that, too. Can they put the process box back to the middle of the screen?