Battery icon is missing on Taskbar; Power button setting grayed out in Windows 10

Windows 10 is a pretty feature-rich operating system. However, some people have faced different issues after upgrading to Windows 10. After upgrading, if you do not see the battery icon on the Taskbar, here is a simple fix. If you are using Windows 8.1/8/7, you can quickly show or hide system icons. But, in Windows 10, you have to navigate through different a path to find out the options.

Battery icon is missing on Taskbar

Before getting started with this tutorial, you should know that this is applicable only for laptop users and Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Other versions may have the same option but in a different location.

Oen the Settings panel of Windows 10. Just press Win+I to open it. Here, you will see Personalization. Click on it.

Under Personalization, Taskbar should be visible. Scroll down a little bit on your right-hand side to find out Turn system icons on or off under Notification area.

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On the next popup window, you will find some buttons next to Clock, Volume, Network, etc. You will also see a button next to Power. It is black in color, just toggle that button to turn it On. The change will affect immediately.

If you are unable to do this, and the Power button is grayed out, then do the following.

Power button setting grayed out

Open the Device Manager. You can press Win + X and select Device Manager. After opening it, you will see this windows:

Windows Device Manager

Expand Batteries. You can find two different options.

  • Microsoft AS Adapter
  • Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

Right-click on both of them and select Disable. Now, again right-click on them and select Enable.

Battery icon or Power button is grayed out in Settings Panel

Having done this, restart your PC and check.

You should be able to get the battery icon or the power icon on your Taskbar.

This procedure can work on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7 as well.

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