Battery icon missing from 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 missing from 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.

power-button-setting-grayed-out

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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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

20 Comments

  1. ReadandShare

    Not sure if it’s just me, but the taskbar icons seem to show/hide themselves almost at random! I set the various icons “on” vs “off” — and every few weeks or so, with no discernible rhyme or rhythm, those $#@% slide buttons will switch themselves — so some icons I want shown will disappear while others that I want hidden will show up. Not all. Just some. Very small problem, of course, but annoying nevertheless, just like small mosquitoes.

  2. mutonic2db

    I tried to do this as I have the same problem, sometimes the battery icon shows up and then it disappears again after a new update, rather frustrating.
    Same problem as ReadandShare 7 months ago.

    Further more, in device manager I don’t see this this line:
    “Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery”, only the AS Adapter.

    It’s an Asus laptop i3 64-bit completely updated.
    Any ideas??
    Thanks

  3. Shabbir Akolawala

    Thanks for sharing, it worked for me like charm!

  4. Gurkaran Singh

    Thankyou!

  5. Juan Pueblo

    The recommended procedure that you labeled “Power button setting grayed out” ! Really worked for me !
    I have Window 10. I opened Device Manager, then click on Batteries, then right click on Microsoft AC Adapter, then click on Disable, then click yes to confirm disable, then right click on Microsoft AC Adapter, then click Enable. Then I restarted my PC and the Battery icon appeared again in my Taskbar.
    Note: The procedure recommend to right click in both options: 1) Microsoft AC Adapter and 2) Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and click Disable and later back to Enable on both. “As I explained above I only needed the first option and then I restarted. Good Luck !

  6. ainasyakirah

    Oh my God! Thanks it really works.

  7. Eddy

    Thanks a ton , Anandd ji , it worked like magic .

  8. Danna Grace

    Thank you so much… I have just fixed it… 😀

  9. Juned Ansari

    Some of the task bar icons have disappeared i.e. I can open them but they are not visible except as a yellow line which proves their existence on the task bar. This is for built in apps like MAIL, STORE etc. in WIN10

  10. Md Shaihan Ghani

    Thanks a bunch. It has worked for me without having done a RESTART.

  11. Larissa D. Johnson

    Thank you soo very much!! I read that someone else had been trying to fix this for 5 hours! I am so grateful that you posted this information, it worked instantly for me. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  12. Malaga Airport

    Thank you, this method worked for me and the instructions were easy to follow.

  13. LeahLG

    Yeah Yeah!!! This has been making me crazy for two days! My battery icon disappeared from my task tray and It was disabled when I tried to turn it on in system settings. I spent all day looking for solutions.
    This solution (disabling and re-enabling it in device manager) popped it back on!!
    Thank you thank you thank you!

  14. Adrian Davis

    Thanks. This worked well with no restart(a restart for the dreadful updates was the cause)

  15. Abdullah Hattar

    thanks a lot i didn’t even need to restart it

  16. Nestor Lobo

    It worked like a charm!
    Great details and thanks for sharing

  17. Martha Sandefer

    Awesome! this worked immediately for me – and thanks for the screenshots – very helpful!

  18. Sayeed Hasan

    Great Help. Thanks 😀

  19. Akosua Ofewaa Opoku

    Thank you thank you thank you sooooooo much! Easy to follow instructions and they worked like magic! I didn’t even need to restart before the icon showed up. Kudos!

  20. Jacquie Wallis

    My battery icon seems to decide when it wants to make an appearance. Now, I know how to fix this. I didn’t even have to reboot. Thank you for the help. So easy to fix. It took me seconds. 😀

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