No doubt battery icon in the taskbar is one of the most crucial elements present on the screen of portable Windows 10 devices. It allows us to change system power plan and brightness on the go. It tells us how much battery power is left so that we can arrange the charging of device.
But sometimes this battery icon may be missing. This might be due to use of some third-party software which explicitly turn it Off or apply custom power settings. If your system has multiple users, it might possible that others have hide this icon. GPO setting applied on domain connected system may also contribute to this issue.
Whatever is the case, here’s how to fix this weird problem.
FIX: Windows 10 Taskbar Missing Battery Icon
FIX 1 – Via System Icons Settings
1. Right click on taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
2. In the next window, click Turn system icons on or Off link.
3. Then under Turn system icons on or Off, make sure Power option is turned On.
As soon as you turn On this option, missing battery icon should be restored with immediate effect. If it doesn’t, try FIX 2.
FIX 2 – Via Registry
Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.
1. Press + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.
2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:
3. Right click Policies registry key, select New > Key. Name the newly created sub-key as Explorer. If Explorer registry key exists already, skip creation of new sub-key. Now in the right pane of Explorer registry key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer), right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as HideSCAPower. Since you’ve just created this registry DWORD, hence its Data is already set to 0 which should enable battery icon in the taskbar. Close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective.
After restarting your system, taskbar battery icon should be restored.
Here’s the video to illustrate this method:
Hope this helps!