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If you’re facing the issue of the Battery Icon not appearing in the taskbar on Windows 11, here are the steps to bring back the missing battery icon.
Missing Battery Icon in Windows 11
By default, Windows ensures users can effortlessly monitor their computer’s battery life through the taskbar battery icon, located at the bottom-left corner of the screen. However, if this icon is absent, various reasons could be behind the issue, such as the battery icon being moved to the System Tray or accidentally disabled in the Taskbar settings.
Checking Overflow Pane (System Tray)
Begin by investigating the Overflow Pane (System Tray) to eliminate the possibility of the battery icon being shifted there. This may occur if the taskbar is cluttered with multiple icons.
- Click on the Up Arrow Icon in the Taskbar.
- Verify if the Battery Icon is present.
If the Battery Icon is found, simply drag it from the Overflow Pane back to the Taskbar.
Enabling Battery Icon Display in the Taskbar
The problem might stem from the battery icon display in the Taskbar being unintentionally turned off, perhaps during a Windows update.
- Right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
- Scroll down to the Taskbar Corner Overflow tab.
- On the next screen, toggle the switch next to Power to the ON position.
Note: The Taskbar Corner Overflow Tab may not be available in all Windows 11 versions.
Following these steps should make the battery icon visible either on the Taskbar or in the System Tray. If it appears in the System Tray, you can drag it back to the Taskbar.
Power Icon Greyed Out
For a greyed-out power icon, follow these steps to enable it:
- Right-click on the Start button and choose Device Manager.
- In Device Manager, expand the Batteries section.
- Right-click on “Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery” and select Disable Device.
- Right-click again and choose Enable Device.
- Restart your computer and check if the battery icon is now visible in the Taskbar’s notification area.
Restarting Windows Explorer
Some users have resolved the missing battery icon issue by restarting the Windows Explorer service.
- Right-click on the Start button and select Task Manager.
- Ensure you are on the Processes Tab.
- Right-click on Windows Explorer and choose Restart.
With any luck, one of these methods should successfully restore the missing battery icon on your laptop.
Why is my Battery Icon missing in Windows 11?
The battery icon may be absent due to reasons like it being moved to the System Tray or accidentally disabled in the Taskbar settings. Follow the provided steps to restore it.
How can I check if the Battery Icon is in the Overflow Pane (System Tray)?
Click on the Up Arrow Icon in the Taskbar and see if the Battery Icon is available. If found, drag it from the Overflow Pane to the Taskbar.
What do I do if my Power Icon is greyed out?
For a greyed-out Power Icon, right-click on the Start button, go to Device Manager, expand Batteries, disable and enable “Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery,” and restart your computer.
Is the Taskbar Corner Overflow Tab available in all Windows 11 versions?
No, the Taskbar Corner Overflow Tab may not be available in all versions of Windows 11.
How do I restart Windows Explorer to fix the missing battery icon issue?
Right-click on the Start button, open Task Manager, go to the Processes Tab, right-click on Windows Explorer, and choose Restart. This might resolve the problem.