How to Restore a Missing Battery Icon in Windows 10

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You log on to Windows 10 with your laptop and notice that the battery icon is conspicuously absent from your taskbar. You click the arrow which shows all your hidden icons, and there's no power indicator there either. It's hard to say why this little white symbol goes AWOL -- it happened to me after a recent Windows update -- but fortunately, it's easy to fix.  Here's how to restore a missing battery icon in Windows 10.

missing battery icon

  1.  Right click on the taskbar and select Settings.

    select settings

  2. Click "Turn system icons on or off."
    Click turn system icons on or off
  3. Toggle Power to on.Toggle power to on

Your battery icon should appear in the system tray again.battery icon returns

 

 

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Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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44 comments
  • hadas Says:

    hi!
    For some reason it's not possible to switch the poswer button. it's on "on" state, but it's gray colour which is not possible to switch at all and it's not seen on the task bar.
    thanks for your help:)

  • Mathew Says:

    Thank you so much i thought i caught a virus!!!!!

  • Andrea Says:

    "Bonbon Says:
    To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)"

    This worked Fantastic..you saved me. Thanks Bonbon!

  • Bashir Says:

    "Bonbon Says:" - that worked for me. I had my power icon and sound icon greyed out. when I restarted 'Windows Explorer', both icons appeared. Thanks

  • MMMMM Says:

    "Bonbon Says:
    To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)"

    This also saved me. Thanks Bonbon!

  • Ajeet Bhadoriya Says:

    1.Go to Device Manager
    2.click on battery and uninstall both the drivers.
    3.Now,click on Action Menu and Click on scan for hardware changes.
    4.The System will automatically install both the drivers.

  • Daniel Says:

    The power option is grayed out on the "Turn icons on/off" page. How did this happen and what can I do to fix it?

  • Prisha Says:

    In the turn system icons on or off, the power on button is faded, and cant be processed. Can anyone plz help?

  • Susan M Says:

    I lose my battery icon and in settings it says it's on and it isn't

  • udayt Says:

    Thanks windows helper, it worked and you saved my time.

  • Aydin Says:

    When I go the the "Turn system icons on or off" section, it says the battery is turned on and the switch to turn it on/off is grey. It wont let me click on it. HELP ME PLEASE :(

  • Paulhezz Says:

    The restart windows explorer thing has totally worked. Appreciate it.

  • Paulhezz Says:

    Need help here,even after following the procedure on restoring the missing battery icon, it is still missing. At the select which icons to display stage,the power button tab is unresponsive yet the black dot is on the on side. What to do?

  • Windows Helper Says:

    To those who have the option greyed out press Ctrl Shift Esc to open task manager. Then go to windows processes and find windows explorer. Click on it and click restart on the bottom right. The power button should be back.

  • thandy Says:

    "Bonbon Says:
    To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)"


    Thanks so much Bonbon, this really helped solve my problem.

  • clogtoilets Says:

    Thanks, Bonbon! Your tip helped solve my problem!

  • clogtoilets Says:

    Thanks, Bonbon! Your tip helped solve my problem!

  • Lori.. Says:

    Thank you, Bonbon!! My power icon was greyed out in the settings, but the Windows Explorer restart fixed the problem! :D

  • qusai Says:

    i do have that power option but the problem is that i cant switch it on or off. how do i fix this

  • Antonella Says:

    Thank you Sanjay!Your comment was so useful!

  • Unant Says:

    Thank You so much Dale Lott, it is works!

  • Taylor P Lyda Says:

    Sanjay, you are the only one that could explain it clearly and accurately!! thank you so much!! tried many other sites. took a second for my windows explorer to pop up in the task manager, but did come up in just a few seconds! also you can hit ALT+CTRL+DELETE all at the same time and a list will come up and you can click the last option in the list which is task manager.that was a little quicker for me. i have a hard time finding my search option. cortana never finds what i am searching for. i might need to find a page on that subject too actually LOL!!!!!!!

  • Sanjay Says:

    Bonbon said this: "To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)"
    This was really helpful!

  • Robyn Berry Says:

    Thank you! Easy to follow instructions and it worked.

  • Bonbon Says:

    To all of those who follow the process and see it grayed out, follow my instructions! Go to the "search the web and windows" search bar and type in Task Manager. Open it and click "more details" at the bottom. Then scroll down and keep an eye until you find a file saying "Windows Explorer" right click that and then at the top it says "restart" Press that button and it will quickly restart it and you will have your power icon in your task bar. Hoped this helped :)

  • CAROL Says:

    Hi. Your tip on recovering the battery icon on W10 was perfect. Thanks! Avram

  • Pam Kemp Says:

    Thank you Louis.Battery icon is now back.

  • Pam Kemp Says:

    I tried to toggle power button to 'on' but it is greyed out.

  • Salina Says:

    Thanks, didn't need to tick it on, restarting it on task manager helps.

  • snichols Says:

    Thank you restarting my Windows Explorer in Task Manager fixed the 'greyed out' issue and my battery icon now shows up on my task bar. Much appreciated

  • Jill Gordon Says:

    When I go to turn system settings on or off, the Power On button is greyed out. So what do I do then?!

  • Louis Says:

    To those whose battery tab is greyed out, go to Task Manager, Processes, and right-click on Windows Explorer. Click Restart.

    Hope this helped.

  • smaeil Says:

    hi
    tnx you
    this option is dark can't change it please help me
    microsoft windows 10 x64
    ver 1607 ( os build 14393.447)
    this option on dark is on but can't change it . this ithem is not on the taskbar. i dont see battery average in a taskbar .
    system is asus laptop k556u

  • Tony R Says:

    I left a comment 3 days ago about not having a battery icon and on/off icon grayed out, today it was just suddenly there with me doing nothing. :/

  • Dale Lott Says:

    If your battery icon is grayed out, open your task manager. Under processes, look for windows explorer app. Click on it and hit restart. Icon should reappear on task bar.

  • Tony R Says:

    Mine disappeared a few days ago. Power On/off icon is grayed out so can't click on it, it's set to on, but nothing on the task bar. So this won't work.

  • Raymond Hodges Says:

    Same for me. Windows 10. When I go into turn system settings on/off, the Power icon is grayed out. Shows as "on" actually though. Yet no battery icon in the task bar.

  • jcgc50 Says:

    Power icon grayed out for me as well. Win 10 and happened after latest update.

  • Kristin Says:

    My battery Icon went away after a recent Windows update. I have Windows 10. I followed instructions and do not have a Battery or a Power Icon at all. I do not have the option of "Selecting which icons appear in taskbar."
    The only option it gives me is to "Add or Remove Quick Actions." There is no quick action for Power or Battery. Any Suggestions?

  • Kathryn Says:

    I want to turn my Battery icon on but the Power icon switch is grayed out!! Now what???

  • Elin Svensson Says:

    I got the same issue as Alan! Grayed out. :(

  • Alan Back Says:

    Power toggle is grayed out and set to "On," but the battery icon is still missing.

  • Titus Says:

    No options to choose settings.

  • PaulG Says:

    Easy? Well when I right click, no setting option shows. The bottom option is properties. Now what!

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