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In English, software will commonly indicate its status using the present continuous tense:

  • "Downloading..."
  • "Restarting..."
  • "Setting up your preferences..."

Is there a common equivalency for such messages in French? Or do they more commonly follow conventions on a case-by-case basis?

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I would use "en cours" :

  • Téléchargement en cours
  • Redémarrage en cours
  • Réglage de vos préférences en cours

Which means literally "… in progress".

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I think en cours was exactly what I was looking for. I kept gravitating to En train de ... but I knew that sounded impossibly silly. – Chris Schiffhauer Dec 3 '13 at 21:32
I think "Enregistrement des préférences en cours", could be a mistake. First, "Setting up" means "Restore" not "Save". Secondly, it is valuable to customize the message for the user and I will translate "your" by "vos". I would suggest : "Chargement de vos préférences en cours" – manu2ni Dec 4 '13 at 10:00
Oops, my bad. I'll change that – SteeveDroz Dec 4 '13 at 10:45
To set up means something akin to “mettre en place” rather than “restaurer“. With your sentences, I would use “Réglages de vos préférences” (well, actually, I would use “des préférences”). – Édouard Dec 4 '13 at 10:59
If anyone has any other suggestion, feel free to edit my answer! – SteeveDroz Dec 4 '13 at 13:05

It seems that sometimes the corresponding noun is used:

  • Téléchargement...
  • Redémarrage...
  • Enregistrement...
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