To compile your design in the Quartus® II design software, click the button or use keyboard short cut <Ctrl>+L.
While your design is compiling, a small blue hourglass symbol will rotate and show the percentage of the compilation that is complete (shown in Figure 1).
Figure 1. Symbol that Shows the Percentage Completed of the Compilation
For a quick first-time compilation, turn on the “fast fit” feature (on the Assignments menu, click Settings, then choose the Fitting Settings section).
Deselect this item later when you are fine-tuning the timing on your project.