Missing laptop battery icon in Windows

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows Vista battery power propertiesIf your battery is not shown in the Windows Notification Area (like the example picture to the right), select your version of Windows from the list below and follow the instructions.

Note: If the steps on this page do not resolve the issue, it is possible there is a group policy setting on the laptop preventing the battery power icon from being displayed. If you are using a work laptop, your IT staff may have removed that icon from the System Tray.

Windows 10 users

  1. Press and hold or right-click an empty area on the desktop.
  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Display settings.

The display settings option in the desktop drop-down menu.

  1. In the Settings window, in the Find a setting search textbox, type select which icons.

Search textbox in Windows 10 settings window.

  1. Click or tap the Select which icons appear on the taskbar search result.

Search results in Windows 10 settings window

  1. In the window that appears, make sure the slider next to Power is set to On.

Windows 10 Power slider that has been switched to "on."

Note: If the On/Off switch for the Power option is grayed out, visit our page for the battery power icon option is grayed out in Windows to try and resolve this issue.

Windows 8 users

  1. Press and hold or right-click an empty area on the taskbar, and then tap or click Properties.
  2. Under the Taskbar tab, under Notification Area, click Customize...
  3. Tap or click Turn system icons on or off.
  4. In the Behaviors column, select On in the drop-down list next to Power, and then tap or click OK.

Note: If the On/Off drop-down list for the Power option is grayed out, visit our page for the battery power icon option is grayed out in Windows to try and resolve this issue.

Windows Vista and 7 users

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar and click Properties.
  2. Under the Taskbartab, under Notification Area, click Customize...
  3. Tap or click Turn system icons on or off.
  4. In the Behaviors column, select On in the drop-down list next to Power, and then click OK.

Note: If the On/Off drop-down list for the Power option is grayed out, visit our page for the battery power icon option is grayed out in Windows to try and resolve this issue.

Windows XP and 2000 users

  1. Open the Control panel.
  2. Open the Power options icon.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Check the Always show icon on the taskbar option.
  5. Click Ok and close any open windows.

Note: If the "Always show icon on the taskbar" option is grayed out, visit our page for the battery power icon option is grayed out in Windows to try and resolve this issue.