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How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Walter Glenn is a former Editorial Director for How-To Geek and its sister sites. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and over 20 years as a technical writer and editor. He’s written hundreds of articles for How-To Geek and edited thousands. He’s authored or co-authored over 30 computer-related books in more than a dozen languages for publishers like Microsoft Press, O’Reilly, and Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He’s also written hundreds of white papers, articles, user manuals, and courseware over the years. Read more.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Windows 10 changed the interface for the clock, calendar, and battery pretty dramatically from previous versions. While the new style is attractive and fits in well with the Windows 10 look, you can still restore the old interface used in Windows 7 and 8 for these features if you prefer them. Changing back to the old battery interface also gives you a quicker way to toggle between power plans. You’ll need to make a couple of edits in the Registry to make these changes happen, but it’s a pretty easy hack. Here’s how to do it.

Update: This registry trick no longer works with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, unfortunately. We’ve marked the post as out of date.

Restore the Old Clock, Calendar, and Battery Interfaces by Editing the Registry Manually

To change back to the old clock, calendar, and battery interface in Windows 10, you’ll need to add a couple of keys to the Windows Registry and then set values for them.

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Next, you’re going to create a new value in that folder to govern the clock and calendar interface. Right-click the ImmersiveShell folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value UseWin32TrayClockExperience .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Now, you need to change the setting for that new value. Double-click the new UseWin32TrayClockExperience and, in the edit window, change the value in the “Value data” box to 1 .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

You should not need to restart your computer to see the change take effect. Click the time and date in your system tray and you should see the old clock and calendar interface.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you also want to change your battery interface back to the old style, keep going with these steps while you still have Registry Editor open. If you don’t, you can go ahead and close Registry Editor now. To change the battery interface, you’ll need to create another new value inside that Immersive Shell folder just like you did before. Right-click the ImmersiveShell folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. This time, name the new value UseWin32BatteryFlyout .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Double-click the new UseWin32BatteryFlyout and, in the edit window, change the value in the “Value data” box to 1 .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Again, you should not need to restart your computer to have the changes take effect. Click the battery icon in your system tray and you should see the old battery interface.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you want to return to the new Windows 10 interface for either the clock and calendar or the battery, you just need to return to the ImmersiveShell folder in Registry Editor. You can either delete the value you created for the item you want to restore or you can set the value for the item to 0 to turn it off and just leave the value in place so you don’t have to recreate it in the future.

Download Our One-Click Registry Hacks

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you don’t feel like diving into the Registry yourself, we’ve created some a couple of registry hacks you can use. The “Use Old Battery Interface” and “Use Old Clock and Calendar Interface” hacks create those values for you and set them to a value of 1. The “Restore Windows 10 Battery Interface” and “Restore Windows 10 Clock and Calendar Interface” hacks leave those values in place, but set the appropriate value to 0 to effectively disable it. All four hacks are included in the following ZIP file. Double-click the one you want to use and click through the prompts. When you’ve applied the hack you want, restart your computer (or log off and back on).

These hacks are really just the ImmersiveShell key, stripped down to the values we talked about in the previous section and then exported to a .REG file. If you enjoy fiddling with the Registry, you might also enjoy learning how to make your own Registry hacks. It’s pretty simple.

And that’s it. If you want to return to the old style clock, calendar, and battery interfaces from the Windows 7 and 8 days, they are just a couple of simple Registry hacks away.

Walter Glenn is a former Editorial Director for How-To Geek and its sister sites. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and over 20 years as a technical writer and editor. He’s written hundreds of articles for How-To Geek and edited thousands. He’s authored or co-authored over 30 computer-related books in more than a dozen languages for publishers like Microsoft Press, O’Reilly, and Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He’s also written hundreds of white papers, articles, user manuals, and courseware over the years. Read more.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Windows 10 changed the interface for the clock, calendar, and battery pretty dramatically from previous versions. While the new style is attractive and fits in well with the Windows 10 look, you can still restore the old interface used in Windows 7 and 8 for these features if you prefer them. Changing back to the old battery interface also gives you a quicker way to toggle between power plans. You’ll need to make a couple of edits in the Registry to make these changes happen, but it’s a pretty easy hack. Here’s how to do it.

Update: This registry trick no longer works with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, unfortunately. We’ve marked the post as out of date.

Restore the Old Clock, Calendar, and Battery Interfaces by Editing the Registry Manually

To change back to the old clock, calendar, and battery interface in Windows 10, you’ll need to add a couple of keys to the Windows Registry and then set values for them.

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Next, you’re going to create a new value in that folder to govern the clock and calendar interface. Right-click the ImmersiveShell folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value UseWin32TrayClockExperience .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Now, you need to change the setting for that new value. Double-click the new UseWin32TrayClockExperience and, in the edit window, change the value in the “Value data” box to 1 .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

You should not need to restart your computer to see the change take effect. Click the time and date in your system tray and you should see the old clock and calendar interface.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you also want to change your battery interface back to the old style, keep going with these steps while you still have Registry Editor open. If you don’t, you can go ahead and close Registry Editor now. To change the battery interface, you’ll need to create another new value inside that Immersive Shell folder just like you did before. Right-click the ImmersiveShell folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. This time, name the new value UseWin32BatteryFlyout .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Double-click the new UseWin32BatteryFlyout and, in the edit window, change the value in the “Value data” box to 1 .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Again, you should not need to restart your computer to have the changes take effect. Click the battery icon in your system tray and you should see the old battery interface.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you want to return to the new Windows 10 interface for either the clock and calendar or the battery, you just need to return to the ImmersiveShell folder in Registry Editor. You can either delete the value you created for the item you want to restore or you can set the value for the item to 0 to turn it off and just leave the value in place so you don’t have to recreate it in the future.

Download Our One-Click Registry Hacks

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you don’t feel like diving into the Registry yourself, we’ve created some a couple of registry hacks you can use. The “Use Old Battery Interface” and “Use Old Clock and Calendar Interface” hacks create those values for you and set them to a value of 1. The “Restore Windows 10 Battery Interface” and “Restore Windows 10 Clock and Calendar Interface” hacks leave those values in place, but set the appropriate value to 0 to effectively disable it. All four hacks are included in the following ZIP file. Double-click the one you want to use and click through the prompts. When you’ve applied the hack you want, restart your computer (or log off and back on).

These hacks are really just the ImmersiveShell key, stripped down to the values we talked about in the previous section and then exported to a .REG file. If you enjoy fiddling with the Registry, you might also enjoy learning how to make your own Registry hacks. It’s pretty simple.

And that’s it. If you want to return to the old style clock, calendar, and battery interfaces from the Windows 7 and 8 days, they are just a couple of simple Registry hacks away.

Windows has significantly altered the user interfaces for the clock, calendar, and battery. While the new design is appealing and improves on the design of Windows 10, the old theme in Windows 7 and 8 can still be restored if desired. Returning to the old battery UI also allows you to switch between the power supply systems faster. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to restore old clock, calendar, and battery on the Windows 10 taskbar.

Restore old clock & calendar on the Windows 10 taskbar

To restore the old clock and calendar on the Windows 10 taskbar, follow this procedure step by step:

Click the Search button. Type Regedit in the search bar and select the option as below image is showing:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

As soon as you will select the Regedit option, the Registry Editor will open like this:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Now navigate through the following path from the left side of the screen.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell

As you go through the path, the following screen will appear:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

After this, right click in the empty space of the screen and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value as follows:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Rename the newly added field as UseWin32TrayClockExperience like this:

Right click on the added field and select the Modify option like this:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

A dialogue box will appear as follows:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Change the Value data as 1 and click the OK button. The old clock and calendar will appear by clicking on the date and time.

Restore old battery on the Windows 10 taskbar

To restore old battery on the Windows 10 taskbar, follow this procedure step by step:

Click the Search button. Type Regedit in the search bar and select the option as below image is showing:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

As soon as you will select the Regedit option, the Registry Editor will open like this:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Now navigate through the following path from the left side of the screen.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell

As you go through the path, the following screen will appear:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

After this, right-click in the empty space of the screen and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value as follows:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Rename the newly added field as UseWin32BatteryFlyout like this:

Right-click on the added field and select the Modify option like this:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

A dialogue box will appear as follows:

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Change the Value data as 1 and click the OK button. The old battery will appear by clicking on the battery icon.

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How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Windows 10 normally displays a battery icon in the notification area, also known as the system tray, when you’re using a laptop or tablet. This icon shows the current battery percentage. Here’s how to get it back if it vanishes.

Your battery icon might still be in the notification area, but “hidden.” To look for it, click the up arrow to the left of your notification icons on the taskbar.

If you see the battery icon here (an area Microsoft calls the “notification area overflow pane”), simply drag and drop it back to the notification area on your taskbar.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you don’t see the battery icon in the panel of hidden icons, right-click your taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings.”

You can also head to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar instead.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Scroll down in the Settings window that appears and click “Turn system icons on or off” under Notification area.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Locate the “Power” icon in the list here and toggle it to “On” by clicking it. It will reappear on your taskbar.

You can also toggle other system icons on or off from here, including Clock, Volume, Network, Input Indicator, Location, Action Center, Touch Keyboard, Windows Ink Workspace, and Touchpad.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If the Power option here is grayed out, Windows 10 thinks you’re using a desktop PC without a battery. The taskbar’s power icon won’t appear on PCs without a battery.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Even after you’ve restored the battery icon, it won’t show an estimate of the remaining battery time when you mouse over it. Microsoft has disabled that feature—likely because it’s generally inaccurate. You can still re-enable the battery life estimate with a registry hack.

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If you can’t see a battery icon on Windows 10’s taskbar, it may be hidden or disabled. The icon should appear in Windows’ system tray area, next to the time and date. If the battery icon is missing in Windows 10, try these methods to restore it.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

How to Check If the Battery Icon Is Hidden

If you can’t see a battery icon, the first thing to check is whether it is simply hidden.

Select the up arrow to the left of the system tray to reveal the hidden system tray icons. If you can see the battery icon here, continue with the following steps. Otherwise, try the next method.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Right-click any unused area on the taskbar to bring up the menu. Select Taskbar settings.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Alternatively, select the Windows icon, then select Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.

In the Taskbar settings, scroll down to the Notification area and choose Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Scroll down the list until you find the battery icon, which is called “Power.” Select its toggle switch to set it to On.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

You should now see the battery icon in the taskbar.

How to Turn on Windows 10 Battery Icon If It’s Missing

If, when you select the up arrow, the battery icon isn’t in the group of hidden icons, it means you’ll need to enable the battery icon.

Go into the Taskbar settings using one of the methods described above.

Scroll down to the Notification area and select Turn system icons on or off.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Scroll down and select the Power toggle switch to turn it on.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The battery icon should now appear. If it doesn’t, it might now just be hidden and you’ll have to use the previous method to reveal it.

In the vast majority of cases, the above steps will work. If the battery icon is still missing, check and install any available Windows updates, restart your computer, then try the above steps again.

Disable and Re-enable Battery Hardware to Reveal Battery Icon

If the above steps don’t work, you can try to disable and re-enable battery hardware in the Windows Device Manager.

Ensure you are connected to external power before you start this process.

Press Windows key+X to bring up the Quick Access Menu, then select Device Manager.

In the Device Manager, select the Batteries category to expand it. There should be two items:

  • Microsoft AC Adapter
  • Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Right-click Microsoft AC Adapter and select Disable device.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

A warning will appear asking you if you’re sure you want to disable the device. Select Yes.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 to disable the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.

To re-enable the devices right-click each and select Enable device.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Restart your computer and the battery icon should appear.

If the battery icon doesn’t appear, try the previous steps outlined above to check if the battery icon is hidden. Then, if needed, enable the battery icon.

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With default settings, Windows 10 displays a battery icon in the system tray area of the taskbar. The battery icon on the taskbar gives a rough idea about the current status of the battery’s charge level, but it’s hard to make out the actual remaining battery capacity by having a look at the battery icon.

Modern smartphone operating systems, as well as desktop operating systems such as Android, iOS, and macOS offer an option to show the percentage of remaining battery charge.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Sure, you can hover the mouse cursor on the battery icon on the Windows 10 taskbar to see the remaining battery capacity in percentage but clicking on the battery icon each time to know the remaining battery charge in terms of percentage doesn’t make sense at all.

Would it not be nice if there was an option to show battery percentage on your Windows 10 taskbar instead of the default battery icon? Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t offer an option to replace the battery icon with battery percentage, at least for now.

Show battery percentage on Windows 10 taskbar using BatteryBar free

Rather than clicking on the battery icon every time you want to know the remaining battery level in terms of percentage, you can download free software called BatteryBar.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The basic version of BatteryBar is a free utility for the Windows operating system to give you some useful information about the battery. The free version of the BatteryBar program can display an accurate battery percentage on your taskbar without taking much space.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The BatteryBar appears on the taskbar right after you install the program. But if it’s not showing up taskbar, right-click on the empty spot on the taskbar, click Toolbars and then click BatteryBar to show BatteryBar on your Windows 10 taskbar.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The BatteryBar icon, as you can see in pictures, is modern and blends very well with other system icons on the taskbar such as Wi-Fi and Volume.

With default settings, BatteryBar displays the time remaining instead of battery percentage. Simply perform a click on the BatteryBar in the taskbar to toggle between time remaining and percentage.

Hover the mouse over BatteryBar percentage to see information about the actual capacity of the battery, discharge rate, remaining time, full runtime, battery wear, and elapsed time since the last charge.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The basic, free version of BatteryBar doesn’t display low, critical, and full battery notifications. Also, there is no way to change or customize the default look of the BatteryBar on the taskbar with custom themes and fonts. That said, the default look of the BatteryBar is really nice.

Overall, the BatteryBar program is ridiculously simple and works with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 as well.

If you’re looking for a smart way to show battery percentage on your Windows 10 taskbar, download BatteryBar basic version (free) right away.

Last but not least, the BatteryBar program is very low on system resources. So you can keep it running all the time without worrying about resource usage.

To close the BatteryBar program, right-click on it and then click the Close Toolbar option.

Tip: Once you add BatteryBar to the taskbar, you can either hide the original Windows 10 battery icon.

Did you know that there is a handy feature called Battery Saver in Windows 10 to enhance battery backup time?

Like every other Windows version, Windows 10 has a battery icon in the taskbar that shows the current battery percentage. However, many Windows 10 users have reported a missing battery icon on their laptop from time to time. This can be due to several reasons, such as an update, minor malfunction in Windows and more. However, you can easily restore the Windows 10 battery icon with the help of the tricks detailed below.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

  • 1. Check the notification area carefully
  • 2. How to restore the Windows 10 battery icon
  • 3. Re-enable from Windows Device Manager
  • 4. Update BIOS and fix corrupt system files

Check the notification area carefully

If you notice a missing battery icon on Windows 10, the first thing you should do is search for it in the notification area. The battery icon might have moved from the taskbar or notification area to the notification area overflow pane or the area that houses the other icons.

To pull up the overflow pane, click on the up arrow, which is to the left of the notification icons on the taskbar. If the battery icon is there, just drag it into the taskbar. If not, then try the next trick.

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Scan for hardware changes to ensure that everything is okay. To scan for hardware changes, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Device Manager.
  2. Click on the Action menu and then select “Scan for hardware changes.”
  3. Expand the Batteries section and check if “Microsoft AC Adapter” and “Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery” are displayed.
  4. Now check the taskbar again for the battery icon. If it is still not there, then proceed to the next trick.

How to restore the Windows 10 battery icon

If the battery icon is still missing after scanning for hardware changes, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the unused area of the taskbar to get the menu and select “Taskbar settings. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
  2. Now scroll down to the Notification area and click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar.”
  3. Look for the battery icon called “Power” on the list. If the toggle switch next to it is off, then turn it on.

The battery icon should now show up on the taskbar. If the battery icon isn’t there in the list of icons under “Select which icons appear on the taskbar,” it means you will have to restore the Windows 10 battery icon. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Taskbar settings using the methods mentioned above.
  2. Go to the Notification area and select “Turn system icons on or off.”
  3. Search for the battery icon (Power) and turn it on. If the Power icon is grayed out, it means Windows 10 thinks you are using the device without a battery. It is possible to use devices without a battery if they are plugged in, but if you do have the battery in, then that’s a whole other problem (see below).

Hopefully, the battery icon will now show up in the taskbar. If not, it is possible that it is hidden in the notification area overflow pane. Use the first method described above to restore the Windows 10 battery icon.

Re-enable from Windows Device Manager

If you still don’t have the battery icon, it means you will have to re-enable it from the battery hardware in the Windows Device Manager. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Press the Windows key + X to get the Quick Access Menu. Now select the Device Manager.
  2. From the Device Manager, click the Batteries category to expand it.
  3. The expanded list will have two options: “Microsoft AC Adapter” and “Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.” Right-click on the first one (Microsoft AC Adapter) and then select “Disable device.”
  4. A warning box will now appear, asking you to confirm your decision. Choose “Yes.”
  5. Now repeat the same steps with the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  6. Now you will have to re-enable the devices that you disabled in the above steps. To do so, right-click on each (Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery) and then select “Enable device.”
  7. Restart the device, and you should now see the battery icon in the taskbar.

Update BIOS and fix corrupt system files

If the above methods didn’t work, another trick that you can try to restore the Windows 10 battery icon is to update the BIOS on your system. To do so, check your laptop manufacturer’s website for the updated BIOS version and follow the steps provided on the site to download and install the update.

Sometimes corrupt Windows system files could also result in such issues. If you remember the day when you first faced the missing battery icon issue, then you can restore Windows back to the date before the issue appeared. This will restore the corrupt Windows file, and hopefully, it will bring back the missing Windows 10 icon.

If none of these tricks worked, then your last option is to contact the support team.

By: Waseem Patwegar

If the Battery Icon is missing from taskbar, you won’t be able to see how much battery is left on your Laptop. Luckily, this problem is easy to fix and you will find below the steps to Restore Missing Battery Icon in Windows 10.

Battery Icon Missing in Windows 10

In its default settings, Windows 10 prominently displays the battery icon on the taskbar, making it easy for users to check the current battery status on their computers.

However, sometimes the battery icon can suddenly disappear from the taskbar, making it difficult to check the remaining amount of battery on the computer.

The most common reason for Battery Icon Missing from the taskbar in Windows 10 is due to Battery Icon display on the Taskbar being disabled.

You will find below the methods to fix the Problem of Battery Icon Missing in Windows 10.

1. Check The System Tray

The Battery icon might be available on your computer, but hiding in the System Tray.

1. Click on the Arrow icon on the Taskbar and drag the Battery Icon to the taskbar.

2. You will now find the battery icon back on the Taskbar.

2. Restore Missing Battery Icon Using Settings

Follow the steps below to Restore Missing Battery Icon using the Settings App.

1. Open Settings on your computer and click on Personalization .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

2. On the Personalization screen, click on Taskbar in the left-pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on Turn system icons on or off link.

3. On the next screen, make sure the option for Power is set to ON position.

After this, the Battery Icon should be available on the Taskbar or in the System Tray.

If the Battery Icon is available in the System Try, you can simply drag it back to the Taskbar.

3. Scan For Hardware Changes

Sometimes, the case of Missing Battery Icon in Windows 10 is due to Operating System detecting a change in Hardware or Hardware Settings on your computer.

1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Device Manager .

2. On Device Manager screen, click on the Action tab in top-menu bar and select Scan for Hardware changes option.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

3. Now, check the Notification Area in the Taskbar and see if the Battery Icon is now visible.

4. Disable Microsoft Drivers and Enable Them Back Again

Follow the steps below to first disable Microsoft Drivers on your Windows 10 laptop and Enable them back again.

1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Device Manager .

2. On Device Manager screen, expand the Batteries section.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

3. In the expanded Batteries menu, disable both Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery Devices .

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

4. Next, Enable Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery Devices on your computer.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

5. Restart your computer and see if the battery icon is now visible in the Notification Area of the Taskbar.

5. Restart Windows Explorer

Some users have reported fixing the problem of Missing Battery Icon in Windows 10 by closing Windows Explorer service and restarting it back again.

1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Task Manager .

2. On Task Manger screen, make sure you are on the Processes Tab > right-click on Windows Explorer and click on the Restart option.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Hopefully, one of these methods should help you Restore the Missing Battery Icon on your Laptop.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Windows 11’s taskbar is the most controversial design choice of Microsoft for its new operating system. The redesigned taskbar has been widely criticized, but the good news is that the tech giant is listening to feedback and preview builds now include fixes for annoying bugs.

Unlike the previous Windows versions, the taskbar in Windows 11 is apparently based on modern XAML code and it uses WinUI controls. The taskbar has been written from scratch and it doesn’t support features like drag-and-drop. Additionally, users cannot change the location of the taskbar from the default bottom view, which some people preferred.

These Windows 11 taskbar limitations can be frustrating, but there are several other known issues as well. For example, Windows 11 has a bug where the taskbar could end up flickering when you try to switch input methods.

There’s another bug where taskbar tooltips (pop-ups that appear when you hover over the items) could end up in a totally unexpected location. Users have also reported a bug where the taskbar tooltip doesn’t show up when hovering over the taskbar corner icons too quickly.

This works with hovering over multiple icons quickly, which queues up their tooltips and displays them all on separate occasions of repeated hovering over the taskbar, users noted in a post on Feedback Hub.

Thankfully, Microsoft has made a change to the operating system to improve the reliability of the taskbar and the fix is currently included in preview builds.

Windows 11 taskbar displays incorrect information

In Windows 11, a bug could affect the battery level displayed on the taskbar. In fact, the taskbar’s battery level sometimes shows a percentage that’s above 100%. This has been documented by users in the Feedback Hub, with users explaining that the battery level was higher than 100 percent in some cases.

Of course, this is a bug with Windows 11 taskbar and Microsoft is now delivering a fix in the latest preview build.

“The battery icon tooltip should no longer unexpectedly show a percent above 100,” Microsoft said in the release notes of Windows 11 Build 22523.

Drag and drop is returning soon

At the same time, Microsoft is internally testing support for taskbar drag-and-drop.

As you’re probably aware, Windows 11 has removed drag and drop for the taskbar, so you cannot drag apps onto the taskbar to create shortcuts for your favourite app. It is also no possibility to drag and drop files onto apps open in the taskbar to launch those files like URLs or images in the app.

According to sources familiar with the development, the feature is now set to return in Windows 11 22H2. Microsoft will add this much-requested feature to preview builds, but it likely won’t happen for a few months.

If you’re on a laptop computer, the battery icon is an essential tool. It helps you monitor the battery levels and keep an eye on power consumption. However, the icon might sometimes turn gray and become inactive.

This can happen for a variety of reasons. Luckily, there are several things you can do before taking your laptop to a repair shop.

Reboot Your PC

Let’s get the most obvious of all troubleshooting methods out of the way at the very beginning – the good ol’ reboot. The reason it’s the most obvious one is that it’s helped countless Windows users sort out a myriad of minor software and hardware glitches, bugs, and errors over the years.

If the battery icon on your laptop’s screen is grayed out for some reason, you might want to first reboot your computer. There are two main ways to reboot a Windows laptop and we’ll cover them both.

  1. Click on the Start icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen or press the Win key on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the Power button in the menu near the left edge of the screen.
  3. Select Restart from the pop-up menu.

Here’s the alternative way:

  1. Close all programs.
  2. Press the Alt and F4 keys on the keyboard simultaneously.
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  3. When the Shut Down dialog box appears, choose Restart from the drop-down menu.

Wait for the computer to reboot and check whether the battery icon is still grayed out. If so, move on to the next solution.

Check for Changes in Hardware

The battery icon might have gone gray due to recent changes in the hardware configuration of your computer. If that’s the case, you might want to check Device Manager to see if everything’s running smoothly. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press the Win key on your keyboard.
  2. Once the Start menu launches, start typing Device Manager.
  3. Click on Device Manager in the results.
  4. When it opens, you should click on the Action menu (it’s located at the top of the window).
  5. Click on the Scan for hardware changes option.
  6. Next, you should move to the main section of the window and click on the Batteries
  7. Check if the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and Microsoft AC Adapter devices are on the list.
  8. Pop over to your computer’s taskbar notification area and check whether the battery icon is there and if it’s still grayed out.

Check the Drivers

The battery icon in the taskbar might go gray when the drivers stop working properly. To check whether everything’s fine with the drivers, you’ll need the help of Device Manager. Let’s look into how to turn them off and on again:

  1. Press the Win key to launch the Start menu.
  2. Start typing Device Manager.
  3. Click on it in the results area.
  4. When Device Manager opens, you should click on
  5. Find the Microsoft AC Adapter and right-click on it.
  6. Click on Disable in the drop-down menu.
  7. Repeat the previous two steps for Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  8. After that, right click on each and click on Enable in the drop-down menu.
  9. Finally, give your computer the good old reboot for the changes you’ve just made to sync.

When the computer boots up, you should go to the taskbar’s notification area to see whether the problem is solved. If not, try the next solution.

Update Your PC’s BIOS

Sometimes, the grayed out battery icon in the taskbar might be a minor symptom of outdated BIOS. You might want to check for the available updates to your BIOS. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Click on the Start icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Next, click on the Settings (little cog) icon near the left edge of the screen.
  3. Click on the Update & Security icon.
  4. Click on the Recovery tab in the left-side menu.
  5. Click on Restart now in the Advanced startup section.
    How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar
  6. The screen will turn blue and three options will appear. Click on Troubleshoot.
  7. Next, click on Advanced Options.
  8. After that, choose UEFI Firmware Settings.
  9. Click on the Restart button.
  10. Once you enter BIOS, look for the update section.
  11. If there are available updates, download them from the manufacturer’s site and follow the installation instructions.
  12. Restart your computer and check whether the problem is fixed.

Check the System Files

Corrupt system folders and files can wreak havoc on a Windows computer. Sometimes, the battery icon in the taskbar might get affected. If you remember when the icon became irresponsive and gray, you can try and restore the system to a date before the problem happened. Here’s how to restore Windows 10:

  1. Launch the Start menu.
  2. Type Restore.
  3. Click on the Create a restore point result.
  4. System Properties will open. It opens with the System Protection tab being active. Click on the System Restore button.
    How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar
  5. After several moments, you will see a new window. Click on the Next > button.
  6. You will see Windows’ suggestion. It will most certainly be a recent date or the last major update. You can click on the Show more restore points to choose the date you want.
  7. Click on the Next button.
  8. Confirm your choice.
  9. Click on the Finish button.

After the process finishes, check whether the battery icon is active or not.

Bring Power Back to the Battery Icon

A grayed out battery icon can be unnerving and the sooner it’s dealt with, the better. If none of the above methods yielded results, you might opt for a system reinstall or call it quits and take your laptop to a repair shop.

Has the battery icon ever gone gray on you before? How did you solve the problem? If we’ve missed the fix that helped you, make sure to share it with the rest of the community in the comments section below.

It is very good to know a computer’s battery when you are working on important tasks throughout the day. The best part about showing battery percentage on a Windows 11 laptop is that you can connect your charger to avoid shutdown or log-off situations when the battery is about to die.

Now if you are using a Windows 11 laptop, you know by default, you can only see the battery icon in the taskbar and not the actual percentage of the battery.

If you connect the charger it only shows a charging sign and not the battery percentage that is left. If you’re wondering how to show battery percentage on a Windows 11 laptop, we’ve explained a couple of methods for the same and we’ve got a unique method for Lenovo laptop users too.

  • How to Show Battery Percentage on a Laptop in Windows 11/10
    • Method 1: How to Show Battery Percentage in Taskbar
    • Method 2: Use Device Manager to Show Battery Percentage in Windows 11
  • Show the Battery Percentage in Lenovo Laptop with Windows 11

How to Show Battery Percentage on a Laptop in Windows 11/10

Using this guide, you can show the battery percentage on your laptop.

Method 1: How to Show Battery Percentage in Taskbar

You can show battery percentage in the taskbar using these steps:

Step 1: First open the start menu using the start button on your keyboard.

Step 2: Then find Settings and click on it.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 3: In Windows settings, go to Personalization and then go to Taskbar.

Step 4: Scroll down and find notification settings. Then click on the Select which icons appear on the taskbar option.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 5: Turn on the toggle next to Power.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 6: If it is still disabled, then click on the small arrow icon in the taskbar and then click on the battery icon.

Step 7: If you can’t see the battery percentage, then open task manager with CTRL + SHIFT + ESC button on the keyboard.

Then go to process tab > find file explorer > right-click on it > choose restart.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

This is one of the ways to show battery percentage on the laptop if you’re running Windows 11 or Windows 10. But if you want to check another method to do the same, here’s how you can do it.

Method 2: Use Device Manager to Show Battery Percentage in Windows 11

You can use device manager to configure battery settings on your Windows laptop. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Open the Windows start menu with the start button and then search and open the device manager.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 2: Find the battery in the list and then expand the options. Here find the name of your laptop battery and right-click on it.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 3: Then choose to disable > confirm.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 4: Then restart your laptop.

Step 5: Go to the same location and enable it again.

That’s it! You can now see the battery percentage that is left in the taskbar of your laptop.

Show the Battery Percentage in Lenovo Laptop with Windows 11

If you own a Lenovo laptop then you can follow these steps to enable the battery percentage icon in Windows 11.

Step 1: Right-click on your taskbar and then find Taskbar settings from the list.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 2: Scroll down and find an option called Notification Area.

Step 3: In Notification Area, find and click on which icon appears in the taskbar.

Step 4: Enable the toggle for power.

Step 5: Then turn system icons on or off and then again turn on the battery icon display option.

Restart your laptop and this will show the battery percentage icon on your laptop’s taskbar at the bottom right of your screen.

By following the same methods listed above, you can also disable the battery percentage icon on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptops. This can surely help you to restore battery icon with percentage if it was missing earlier!

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Is it possible to ungroup taskbar icons on Windows 11 operating system? Unfortunately, there is no user configurable setting on Windows 11 operating system that will allow the taskbar icons to be ungrouped. User feedback has been clamoring for Microsoft to allow the discretion to ungroup taskbar icons on Windows 11. As of November 2021 and 22000.504 build, the taskbar icons on Windows 11 cannot be ungrouped.

What does grouping of taskbar icons means?

Taskbar icons have been grouped by Microsoft in Windows 11. Grouped icons can be seen in the form of a common icon for the wifi icon, battery indicator and the speaker icon. Making simple modifications on the go take a higher number of clicks now. For instance, if you were to mute the speaker on a Windows 10 computer, it will take you a single click. Doing a similar operation on Windows 11 will take a couple of clicks. One to open the shared or grouped icon set, and the other to mute the speaker.

On a similar note, you could choose to disconnect from a WIFI network in a single mouse click on Windows 10. But, on Windows 11 based computers, this simple exercise will take you a couple of clicks. From a user perspective, simple operations take more clicks to accomplish the tasks. User feedback has been shared with Microsoft by a countless number of people. For sure, Microsoft is aware of the change, and it is also aware of the user opinion about this change.

From a neutral point of view, the grouping of taskbar icons seems to be related to performance gains that Windows 11 aspires to gain. Memory address space conservation could be one of the reasons behind the altered setup of the taskbar. But, internal working details of the operating system can be known by the development team of Microsoft. So, we will leave the speculation at rest.

For now, it is clear that the grouping of taskbar icons is an option that should be left to the Windows 11 users. User discretion should not be taken away, and we hope that the Microsoft development team and the user experience team do take a note of it. Performance without user perception and experience may not yield the desired benefits for Microsoft.

Can I ungroup taskbar icons?

We offer a couple of third party options that will allow you to ungroup taskbar icons on Windows 11 computer. Both apps have a decent feedback from the user community. And, both apps work as promised and resolve the taskbar issues without problem.

Explorer Patch

Within the operating system of Windows 11, you cannot ungroup taskbar icons. However, there is a third party software patch that may help you in ungrouping the taskbar icons. Explorer Patch is available for free on the GitHub website. It offers you an ability to ungroup taskbar icons. For people who believe in productivity loss due to the recent changes on Windows 11 taskbar, Explorer Patch provides the necessary workaround. Consider this as a stop gap arrangement though, because we believe that the user discretion for ungrouping taskbar icons will be restored by Microsoft in one of the updates.

You can download the Explorer Patch from the GitHub page. Explorer patch is an executable file. Once downloaded, you will need to execute the file with administrative privileges. Post installation of the executable file, you will get an option to restore the taskbar to Windows 10. Restoring the taskbar to Windows 10 type taskbar will allow you to ungroup taskbar icons and treat it just like individual icons on the taskbar.

We would like to state a simple caveat though. Installing third party scripts or apps for achieving basic functionality on Windows 11 may lead to unforeseen complications. Some of these may include an inability to apply updates on the computer and even a degraded system performance. Windows 11 is a new operating system. Third party scripts and their impact on the new operating system stack is untested and the effects are unpredictable, at best. So, if you can live with that additional click to mute the speaker or disable the WIFI network, live with it until Microsoft has resolved the issue through one of the feature updates.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

StartAllBack

StartAllBack is another third party app that will allow you to ungroup taskbar icons. It is a paid alternative app that seeks to offer modified Start menu and considerable options for the customization on taskbar. You can ungroup the taskbar icons with StartAllBack on Windows 11. The third party app costs $4.99 at the time of writing this. Beyond ungrouping taskbar icons, you can also change the Start menu on Windows 11 computer to the Windows 10 style of start menu.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

StartAllBack is used by quite a few people, and it has a positive feedback for the impact it makes on productivity gains.

Once again, I will mention that choose any third party app with a bit of alarming curiosity. And, if possible, try to stay with the standard Windows 11 features.

Conclusion

Taskbar icons cannot be ungrouped on Windows 11. Third party apps allow you to ungroup the taskbar icons. We believe that Microsoft will, eventually, fix the taskbar on Windows 11. This includes the ability to ungroup taskbar icons.

You may also like to read the following related content for Windows 11:

The windows taskbar ribbon is divided into three sections – the start button section on the left, task bar area in the middle, and the system tray on the far right. These sections are characterized by different icons. The start button is on the far left, while the task bar consists of icons that have been pinned and icons belonging to programs that are running. On the far right is the system tray that houses notification icons like network icons, sound icons and battery meter icons. Of the three, the task bar icons are the easiest to change. The start button and the system tray icons need a different strategy to customize.

System tray icons are embedded in .dll files in the system folder. This makes it harder to customize unlike the program icons. The start button uses a visual style in Windows 10, different from system tray icons. For this reason, the method to change the Windows 10 start button orb is different from the method used to change the system tray icons.

Changing system tray icons

Since system tray icons are embedded in the system .dll files, you will need to read these files, change ownership to allow editing and then change those icons. Here are the locations of the system tray icons .dll files.

  • To change the volume icon you must modify the file SndVolSSO.dll found in C:\Windows\system32.
  • To change the network icon (both LAN and Wi-Fi) you must modify the file pnidui.dll found in C:\Windows\system32.
  • To change the battery icon you must modify the file batmeter.dll found in C:\Windows\system32.

There is one thing to remember though; the system tray icons have several icons that work together for the same purpose. For example, the sound icon has an icon for the lowest volume all the way to the highest volume level. In the same way, there is an icon for the lowest Wi-Fi signal to the best Wi-Fi signal. Error icons are also used to complete all types of signals and notifications. You will therefore need icons to cover all these information that system tray icons offer.

Since it is not easy to change system tray icons, the best way to do it is to use third party applications that can read the icon information and allow you to change those icons. It is a good practice to back up your system or create a restore point before trying to modify your system .dll files. Here is the best way to change your Windows 10 system tray icons.

Change System Tray Icons Using CustomizerGod

CustomizerGod is basically a program you can use to change hundreds of default Windows icons. With CustomizerGod, you can change original system icons with ease, without having to take system file ownerships. The current version of CustomizerGod for Windows 10 supports changing the Start button icon on the taskbar as well as changing various other icons on the taskbar like Task View, Cortana, Touch Keyboard, volume icon, battery icon, network icons and Action Center icons. You can use the application to read and save the icons on a windows operating system and use them on another OS.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

  1. You will need icons that you will use to replace your default system icons with. One of the best places to download new icons would be IconArchive accessible from here. Icon files usually have an .ico extension but you can use PNG, BMP and even JPEG file types and apply the icon.
  2. Download the CustomizerGod application from here. If you are using the online/web-based installer, be careful. Make sure you uncheck any auxiliary installations otherwise you will install a lot of unnecessary programs on your PC.
  3. Install and Run CustomizerGod as an administrator (right click on the application executable or shortcut and choose ‘run as administrator’)
  4. You will see two panels, one on the right and one on the left. The left one shows the categories while the right hand side panel will show the icons in the selected category.
  5. The first thing you will need to do is take a backup of your system files. If anything goes wrong, you can use the backup to restore your system. To do this, click on the category you want on the left and then on the bottom right corner, click on the hamburger button (button with three lines stacked on top of each other)
  6. On the section that draws up, click on ‘All files’ (for all categories) or ‘Current files’ (for the current category), under the ‘Retake backup’ section.
  7. Alternatively, you can make a system restore point (Press Windows + R, type sysdm.cpl and hit enter. Create a system restore point under the ‘System Protection’ tab)
  8. To copy your icons so that you can use them on another system, select a category, and then click on the hamburger button on the bottom right corner. On the section that draws up, click on ‘Export Resources’ under the ‘items’ section on the far left.
  9. To change the volume/sound icons, click on the ‘Volume icons’ on the left panel. Take a backup if you haven’t. Click on the icon you want to change (double clicking will give you details). Click on the Change button at the bottom of the window and you will be asked to select the new icon files that you wish to use. Navigate to your icon and select it then click open.
  10. To change the network icons, click on the ‘Network icons’ on the left panel. Take a backup if you haven’t. Here you will find icons for your Wi-Fi, LAN and Bluetooth. Click on the icon you want to change (double clicking will give you details). Click on the Change button at the bottom of the window and you will be asked to select the new icon files that you wish to use. Navigate to your icon and select it then click open.
  11. To change the battery icons, click on the ‘Battery’ on the left panel. Take a backup if you haven’t. Click on the battery icon you want to change (double clicking will give you details). Click on the Change button at the bottom of the window and you will be asked to select the new icon files that you wish to use. Navigate to your icon and select it then click open.
  12. After you apply most of the customization, you will have to restart your Windows explorer for the changes to take effect. To do this from the app, click on the hamburger button on the bottom right corner. On the section that draws up, click on ‘Restart’ under the ‘Explorer’ section. You should now see your changes. Your might have to restart Windows if the changes are not effected

Despite the app being foolproof, it is necessary to take a backup just in case. . In case of any problem you can restore your system files from a restore point or using CustomizerGod under the ‘Restore Backup’ section. This is a freeware application so be careful of the auxiliary applications it might install.

By Linda | Follow | Last Updated October 15, 2019

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Is your battery icon missing on Windows 10? Don’t worry! MiniTool offers you 3 solutions to solve this problem. Keep reading and take one solution according your condition.

Quick Navigation :

  • Fix 1. Display Hidden Battery Icons
  • Fix 2. Enable the Battery Icon
  • Fix 3. Disable and Re-enable Battery Hardware
  • User Comments

For some reason, when I go to settings, “Turn system icons on or off” and then try to turn ‘power’ on so that I can see how much battery power I have left, it won’t let me change the setting. Can anyone help me? — answers.microsoft.com

Many users reported that they had encounter battery icon missing Windows 10 problem. This makes them worried because they are afraid that the computer will run out of power without warning and they’ll lose all of their work.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Do you know what reserve battery level is and how to change the reserve battery level? Read this post and you can get information about it.

Then, how to solve Windows 10 battery icon missing problem? Please keep reading to get the answer.

When you find battery icon missing from taskbar windows 10, the first thing you should do is to check whether it is simply hidden. To do that, please select the up arrow to the left of the system tray to reveal the hidden system tray icons.

Then, you will get a result: either you can find the battery icon in the hidden system tray or you can’t.

If you get the first result, you should take Fix 1. If you get the second result, you should try Fix 2 or 3.

Fix 1. Display Hidden Battery Icons

Step 1: Open Taskbar settings. You can do that through the following two ways.

  • Right-click anywhere on the taskbar to bring up a shortcut menu and then select Taskbar settings.
  • Click Windows icon at the lower left corner, and then go to Settings>Personalization >Taskbar.

Step 2: In the Taskbar settings, you should find the Notification area and then choose Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Step 3: Scroll down to find the battery icon named Power from the list. Then, switch its toggle to On. If the power toggle is switched to Off, the battery icon will not appear on the taskbar.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Do you have any problem in choosing to sleep, hibernate and shut down Windows 10 PC? Keep on reading and you will get the information of great help here.

Fix 2. Enable the Battery Icon

If you don’t see battery icon when you select the up arrow, it is very possible that the battery icon is disabled. To add it back, you should enable it through the following steps:

Step 1: Open the Taskbar settings and find the Notification area again. Then, select Turn system icons on or off.

Step 2: Similarly, scroll down to find Power and then switch its toggle to On.

In the vast majority of cases, the battery icon missing windows 10 is caused either by hiding icon or by disabling icon. In these cases, the above two methods will work and make battery icon appear again.

Fix 3. Disable and Re-enable Battery Hardware

If the above methods don’t work, you should try this one. This method has helped many users solve Windows 10 battery icon missing problem. As for how to do that, please refer to the following steps:

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys simultaneously and then choose Device Manager from the shortcut menu.

Step 2: Expand Batteries category and you will find two items here: Microsoft AC Adapter; and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.

Step 3: Right-click them and choose Disable Device one by one.

Step 4: After disabling all the battery devices, you should re-enable them again. To do that, you just need to right-click each of them and select Enable device.

Step 5: Restart your computer and the battery icon should appear.

Are you vexed about the messy desktop icons Windows 10? This post will offer you several useful tips and software to organize your desktop icons.

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Author Linda has been working as an editor at MiniTool for 1 year. As a fresh man in IT field, she is curious about computer knowledge and learns it crazily. Maybe due to this point, her articles are simple and easy to understand. Even people who do not understand computer can gain something.

By the way, her special focuses are data recovery, partition management, disk clone, and OS migration.

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Windows offers you a quick view of your battery status in the Taskbar so you can see how much percentage and how much time are left on your current charge. But you can also find greater details on your battery charge and battery history. Using the command-line tool powercfg, you can generate a report with the battery name, manufacturer, serial number, chemistry, cycle count, and usage history. Let’s check out how to generate a battery report in Windows.

First, you can easily check on your battery’s current charge. Click on the battery icon on the Taskbar, and a notification should show you the percentage of remaining charge available as well as the number of hours and minutes until the charge runs out. In many cases, you can also adjust the Power Mode settings from here to strike a balance between best performance and best battery life (Figure A).

Figure A

From there, you can further view and adjust your battery options by clicking on the link for Battery settings. At the Settings window, you can tweak certain features that affect your battery life, such as screen brightness. You can also enable the Battery Saver option, which lowers screen brightness and changes other factors to try to preserve the battery charge if it falls below a certain point (Figure B).

Figure B

Let’s say you’d like to know more about your battery charge, capacity, and history. This information can be helpful if your laptop is getting older and the battery doesn’t have as much pep as it once did. It can also help if you need to replace the battery and want to make sure you get the same type.

You can generate a battery report with an array of details. To do this, open a command prompt and type powercfg /batteryreport. This command creates a battery report in the form of an HTML file. The file is saved in whatever folder or directory to which the command prompt is pointing. So you may want to use the CD command to change to a specific folder, such as your username subfolder under Users, e.g. cdusers[your username] (Figure C).

Figure C

Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer and double-click the battery-report.html file to open it in your default browser. The top of the Battery Report reveals basic information such as your computer name, product name, BIOS version and date, and OS build.

As you scroll down the report, you’ll find details on your battery, including the number of installed batteries with their manufacturer, serial number, design capacity, and full charge capacity. Comparing the design capacity with the full charge capacity can tell you how much your battery may have degraded in terms of holding the highest capacity for which it was designed (Figure D).

Figure D

Scroll down further to find a section on Recent Usage, which displays data from the last three days in both the Active and Suspended modes of your battery. Active Mode describes the laptop in use, while Suspended Mode points to the laptop at sleep or in hibernation. This section also shows you when the laptop was running off battery power versus plugged in via AC. You can see the dates and time as well as the remaining capacity for each reading (Figure E).

Figure E

The next section shows the battery usage and drains over the past three days with data on the amount of charge drained and the duration (Figure F).

Figure F

Next, the section on Usage History goes back further in time to reveal usage on both AC and battery. The Battery Capacity History section also goes back further to show you the full charge capacity compared with the design capacity for specific dates (Figure G).

Figure G

Finally, the last section for Battery Life Estimates tries to predict the number of hours left on your battery life based on the number and level of drains so far (Figure H).

Figure H

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How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Has your laptop suddenly turned off when it has enough battery left? If so, your Windows laptop may display a wrong battery percentage. Read this post, in which MiniTool shows you how to solve this problem through 3 ways.

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  • Solution 1. Calibrate Your Laptop Battery
  • Solution 2. Reinstall Battery Drivers
  • Solution 3. Update Windows
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Every battery has a specific number of charge and recharge cycles. It is certain that no battery will last as long as it did when you bought the laptop. No matter how lightly you use your laptop, the total capacity of the battery will always decrease over time. Typically, you’ll notice an obvious reduction in battery run time after 18 to 24 months.

However, if your laptop suddenly turns off when it seemingly had enough battery left, your laptop may be displaying the wrong battery percentage. This is not an uncommon phenomenon and usually happens to notebooks. This problem is usually caused by the faults with the battery hardware or the Windows software.

Then, how to fix this problem and get your laptop to display the right battery charge level? You can try the following solutions.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Do you know what reserve battery level is and how to change the reserve battery level? Read this post and you can get information about it.

Solution 1. Calibrate Your Laptop Battery

If you are sure your laptop is displaying the wrong battery percentage, you can calibrate your laptop battery through the following steps:

Step 1: Fully charge the battery. You should connect the notebook to an external power source until the battery is fully charged.

Step 2: Disable Hibernate and Sleep mode to ensure that you can discharge the battery as soon as possible later.

  • Right-click the battery icon in the taskbar and then click Power Options to access the Power Options Alternatively, you can access the Power Options window by searching Control Panel in Cortana to open it, then clicking Power Options in Control Panel.
  • Click Change when the computer sleeps from the left menu. Then, take note of your existing settings here because you will need to put them back later.
  • Change all the dropdowns to Never (Turn off the display and Put the computer to sleep). Then, click Save changes. This action will make you return to the Power Options
  • Click Change when the computer sleeps again and then click Change advanced power settings.
  • Expand Battery and then expand Critical battery level. Take note of the current percentage because you may need to restore it later.
  • Click the On battery percentage and set it as low as possible.
  • Expand Critical battery action and ensure that On battery is set to Hibernate. If it isn’t, click to change it.
  • Click OK to save the changes.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Step 3: Discharge the battery. Leave the notebook turned on and disconnect the notebook from external power. Use the battery to power the notebook until the battery is completely discharged. During discharging process, you can use the laptop to make the discharge faster.

Step 4: Charge the laptop again. Connect the laptop to an external power source and charge the battery to 100 percent. Please note that if the computer is off, don’t turn it on until the battery is fully charged.

Step 5: Re-enable Hibernate and Sleep mode. Go back into the Windows power plan settings and follow the previous instructions to set everything back to how it was or adjust them to something new if you want.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Do you have any problem in choosing to sleep, hibernate and shut down Windows 10 PC? Keep on reading and you will get the information of great help here.

Solution 2. Reinstall Battery Drivers

The wrong battery percentage reading may also occur due to missing or corrupted battery drivers. If so, you should reinstall battery drivers through the following steps:

  • Press “Windows + X” keys and then choose Device Manager.
  • Expand Batteries and then right-click on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Batteryto choose Uninstall device.
  • After the driver is uninstalled, click Action >Scan for hardware changes from the top menu to reinstall the driver.
  • Restart your computer.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Solution 3. Update Windows

If your Windows is outdated, the battery percentage displayed when you hover the taskbar icon may be different from the percentage that shows when you click it. Therefore, you should always keep Windows up to date to keep your system protected and to benefit from the latest features.

To update Windows, please refer to the following steps:

  • Press “Windows + I” keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  • Click Update & Security and then click Check for updates. Any available updates will automatically download and install.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If all the above methods don’t work for you, you should check whether your laptop battery is getting old and not providing much power, if so, you should turn on Battery saver mode or replace your battery.

This post shows you how to add back the missing battery icon to Windows 10 taskbar with 3 methods.

I n this tutorial, we are going to see how to increase battery life of Windows 10 laptop. When we use an electronic device, long battery life is always our goal. We want our devices to last longer on a charge and minimize the need to recharge them as much as possible.

Tips 1: Decrease screen brightness

The source of battery drain is your screen’s backlight, which consumes more power than other components in your laptop (with the possible exception of a graphics processor in a Gamer laptop). A few percentage of brightness can go a long way.
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Tips 2: Battery saver mode

Windows 10 offers a simple way to enable the operating system’s battery saver mode, which limits background activity and pushes notifications. To enable the mode:

  • Open the Notification Center
  • Click on the battery saver button

You can refine the battery saver, to do this follow the next steps:

Step 1: Click on the Start button at the bottom left of your screen.

Step 2: Click on Settings.

Step 3: Click on System.

Step 4: On the left menu click on Battery.

Step 5: The setting gives you options to decide when to activate the mode automatically (its default value is 20%) and if you want to automatically lower the brightness of your screen when it is activated.

Tips 3: Put to sleep

Set your laptop to go to sleep when you are not using it. To decide when your computer should go to sleep follow the next steps:

Step 1: In the search box, type Control Panel and then press it to open it.

Step 2: Click on Hardware and Sound.

Step 3: Next click on Power Options.

Step 4: On the left menu, click on Change when the computer sleep.

Step 5: In the menu next to Put the computer to sleep. The default interval is 15 minutes, but you should choose a shorter time so that your laptop will activate after only a few minutes of inactivity. You can also choose a shorter time interval so that the screen turns off by itself.

Tips 4: Activate Airplane Mode

Airplane mode turns off your laptop’s wireless radios, disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It’s a quick way to save electricity.

Tips 5: Upgrading to an SSD

More and more laptops are equipped with SSDs by default, but those with a traditional hard drive can be easily upgraded. An SSD consumes less power than a hard drive. Also, because an SSD lacks moving parts, it is faster and more durable.

Tips 6: Use a high contrast theme

They don’t look nice, but high-contrast themes in Windows 10 can save energy. They use black pixels, with white and yellow text, which is much more energy-efficient than a bright white background. These themes are designed to help you see the display more easily, but it’s a nice perk.
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Tips 7: Remove peripherals, hard drives and USBs

Anything you have attached to your laptop takes up some power. Whether you’re syncing a phone, backing up your data, or have a disc, they all need power. Disconnect all your extras to save some juice.
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Tips 8: Limit background programs

You may have programs running in the background that you don’t even know about. This is often because these programs are set to launch when you start your laptop.
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Tips 9: Antivirus

Your antivirus software may be set to automatically scan your laptop every week. This is a good idea, as it helps you keep your computer clean. But if the scans are run while you’re on battery power, you may lose some juice. Depending on your antivirus program, you may be able to delay scheduled scans until you’ve plugged in your laptop. Alternatively, you should choose a time when you are likely to be near an outlet.

Normally, a Windows installation on a laptop computer displays the laptop’s remaining battery power as an icon in the system tray. Sometimes, however, this icon may disappear. If reactivating it normally doesn’t work (by right-clicking the taskbar, clicking “Properties,” “Notification Area” and checking the “Power” box), you can try this trick with the Windows Registry Editor to reset your taskbar icon settings. Dell XPS 15 battery

Instructions
1
Click “Start,” “Run.” Type

and press “Enter.” This will bring up the Windows Registry Editor. The left pane displays registry keys in a hierarchy similar to a computer directory tree. Clicking on a key will bring up one or more editable values in the right pane.

2
Navigate to the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify” key. HP 484170-001 battery

3
Right-click on the key, click “Export” and save it anywhere on your computer. Remember where you’ve saved it—that way, if the registry modification you’re about to make causes problems, you can simply double-click on the saved registry file to restore the original settings.

4
Click on the key to select it. Some values should appear in the right pane. Delete the “IconStreams” and “PastIconsStream” values by right-clicking on each one and selecting “Delete.” Close the Registry Editor.

5
Open the Task Manager by pressing “Ctrl,” “Shift” and “Esc” or “Ctrl,” “Alt” and “Del.” Click the “Processes” tab, and find the process called “explorer.exe.” You’re going to shut this process down, so that when it restarts it will use your new registry settings. Click on the process, then click “End Process.”

6
Click the “Applications” tab, then click “New Task.” A window similar to the Run window will appear. Type:

and press “Enter.” This will restart the Windows shell. HP G62 battery

7
Check the system tray for your missing icon. If it isn’t there, it probably just needs to be re-enabled using the method described in the introduction.
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Windows 10 includes a new “Battery Use” screen that shows you what’s draining your laptop’s juice. That means it’ll tell you exactly How to See Which Applications Are Draining Your Battery on Windows 10.

This feature is part of the “Battery saver” screen in the new Settings app. Like some of Windows 10’s other new features, it was originally part of Windows Phone but came to the desktop when Windows 10 was released. It’ll break down how much battery power your display and other hardware uses, too.

Find the Battery Use Screen:

This feature is new to Windows 10, so you won’t find it anywhere in the old Control Panel. It’s located in the new Settings app, which you can launch by clicking or tapping the “Settings” option in the Start menu.

In the Settings app, select “System” and then select “Battery saver.” You can also just type “Battery saver” into the Cortana search box and select the “Battery saver” option to go directly to this screen.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

On the right side of the screen, you’ll see an overview that displays how much battery life you have remaining, and how much time Windows estimates you’ll get from that. Click or tap the “Battery use” link under this heading to see more details.

Analyze Your Power Usage:

By default, the Battery Use screen will show information from the last 24 hours. However, you can also have it show information from the last 48 hours, or from the last week.

To change this setting, click or tap the dropdown box under “Showing battery use across all apps from the last” at the top of the screen and select “24 Hours,” “48 Hours,” or “1 Week.”

Below this box, you’ll see “System,” “Display,” and “Wi-Fi” percentages. This shows how much battery power has been used by system processes, the display, and your Wi-Fi radio.

You’ll probably see that the display is using quite a bit of power. To alleviate that, try lowering your screen’s brightness, or tell your display go to sleep more often in Settings > System > Power & Sleep.

The “In use” and “Background” options show how much power is used by applications while you’re using them, compared to applications running in the background.

If apps are using power in the background, you can click or tap the “Change background app settings” link and configure apps to not run in the background. This only works for universal Windows 10 apps. They won’t automatically receive notifications, fetch new data for live tiles, or perform other background tasks. This can help you save battery power, especially if you don’t actually use those new Windows 10 apps.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Scroll down further and you’ll see a list of applications. This is the most useful part of the list, as it lists your desktop applications as well as universal apps. It’ll display a list of the apps have used battery power in that period and show you what percentage of your battery power each app has used.

If an app doesn’t appear in the list here, you never used it while you were on battery, so it never consumed any battery power.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

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You can view more information about a specific application’s energy usage by clicking or tapping it and then selecting the “Details” button. You’ll be able to see how what percentage of power the app used for system processes, the display, and Wi-Fi. You’ll also be able to see how much power the app used while you were actively using it, and how much it used when running in the background.

As with the overview of all apps on the main screen, you can choose to view details for the last 24 hours, 48 hours, or one week. For example, here’s how much battery Google Chrome used on my laptop in the past 1 week.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

You may see the word “Allowed” beneath some Windows 10 universal apps in the list. This indicates they’re allowed to run in the background.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Under Battery usage setting, you can click on background app setting to see the no of apps running in the background.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

From here, you can disable the “Allow this app to run in the background” option and prevent the app from using power in the background.

How to Increase Your Laptop or Tablet’s Battery Life:

There’s no way around it: All applications you use will drain the battery, and whatever applications you use the most will likely rank high on the list. Demanding applications–for example, demanding PC games or video compression programs–will also use a lot of energy.

It’s not just apps, either–plenty of other settings can affect your battery life. The display backlight uses quite a bit of power, so lowering your display brightness will help. Having your PC automatically sleep more quickly can also help if you’re not in the habit of putting it to sleep when you step away. Check out our guide to Windows battery life for more details on getting the most out of your laptop or tablet.

The Battery usage screen isn’t a one-stop shop for making applications use less power. However, it is a convenient way–and the only way in Windows–to see which apps are using the most power. With this information, you can get an idea of where your power is going and make informed decisions to help stretch your battery life. I hope it helps.

David Nield

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Whether you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 on your laptop or bought a brand new machine, you’re going to want to eke out as much battery juice as you can while you’re on the go. Microsoft’s shiny new OS includes a new native battery saver feature — and there are a few other tricks you can pull to make sure your laptop lasts until you can find a power socket.

The Windows 10 Battery Saver

Let’s start with the obvious one: The new Battery saver tool baked right into Windows 10 itself. From the Settings app choose System and then Battery saver to find it—it’s set to kick in when you’re down to 20 per cent of battery life but you can change this level if you want, or turn it on manually at any time.

The same screen gives you an estimate of how long you’ve got left before your laptop or tablet dies (or how much time is left until you’ll reach a full charge). You can also make certain apps exempt from the Battery saver rules and check which apps are the worst offenders when it comes to draining power.

Check Your Power Plan

The old reliable battery-saving method for those that know their way around Microsoft’s operating system, the Windows 10 power plan interface is available through Power & sleep under System in Settings. The lower these screen and sleep times are, the more battery life you’re going to save between charges.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Click or tap Additional power settings to get to the Control Panel power plan interface used by previous versions of Windows. Here it’s possible to set up a bunch of additional variables – like when the hard drive and your peripheral devices go to sleep – and configure several individual power plans that you can switch between as required. Screen brightness can be adjusted from here as well.

Wifi, Bluetooth and Other Settings

Most people with a smartphone know you can turn off wifi and Bluetooth to save some juice, and it’s the same in Windows 10 (this is assuming you don’t need the internet or can get it via a plugged-in cable). The easiest way to switch both off at the same time is via the Airplane mode (or Flight mode) pane under Network & internet in Settings.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The screen brightness is another setting that’s familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to get the last drips of battery life out of device: In Windows 10 you can find it under Display in the System section of Settings. Turn off the auto-adjust option to prevent Windows from overruling your tweaks.

Update Windows While Charging

You don’t get much control over Windows updates in the latest version of the OS, but based on our testing the process of downloading and installing them has a significant impact on battery life – try leaving your computer on for a few hours (or overnight) before you head out. The previously managed airplane mode can temporarily pause updates if required.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Updates for your peripherals and internal components are worth mentioning too: Check through the websites of the relevant manufacturers to see if any Windows 10 updates are available, as they’ll often improve efficiency, reduce power drain and increase battery life on your Windows 10 device.

Turn Down The Volume

The volume of your laptop (or tablet) has more of an impact on battery life than you might think—pumping out those tunes uses a substantial amount of energy. Try turning down the volume while watching videos and listening to music, or switch to headphones if you can; ideally, mute your device completely.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

The master volume control and several of the other settings we’ve mentioned so far can be accessed through the Windows Mobility Center, still present and correct in Windows 10. Just run a search from the taskbar for “mobility center” and click on the first result that appears to bring it up on screen.

Unplug Unnecessary Peripherals

Microsoft itself recommends unplugging any peripherals you aren’t using if you want to save battery power, so ditch those external hard drives, inkjet printers, memory sticks and USB-powered mug warmers until you can get to a charging point. Even having a memory card inserted in your laptop can drain a tiny bit of extra power.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

If you’re using an external mouse, for example, you could switch to trackpad or touchscreen input to save some battery juice. Even if your Windows 10 experience suffers as a result, you have the consolation of getting more life from your laptop or tablet while you’re away from a power connection.

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Short of using voodoo on it

Laptop batteries are expensive pieces of equipment, so if you have an old laptop that still works fine, who wants to shell out upwards of $100 to replace the battery right!? Luckily, there are a lot of ways, some technical, some interesting and some strange ones, that people have come up with to restore dying batteries on laptops.

In this article, I’m going to try to list out all the different ones I’ve read about and if I can remember where I read it, I’ll link back to the original source. If you have tried to restore a laptop battery yourself, let us know your method in the comments.

Method 1 – The Freezing Method

I once saw a movie where a guys’ phone was about to die, so he took out the battery and stuck in some snow, which apparently made it last longer! I still don’t know if that’s true or not, but apparently you can freeze a laptop battery and get more juice out of it. Here’s the procedure very succinctly:

Step 1: Take your battery out and place it in a sealed Ziploc or plastic bag.

Step 2: Go ahead and put the bag into your freezer and leave it there for about 12 hours. Some people suggest leaving it for longer, but I wouldn’t leave it for more than 24 hours.

Step 3: Once you take it out, remove the plastic bag and let the battery warm up until it reaches room temperature. Be sure to wrap it in a towel and wipe away any condensation as it warms up.

Step 4: Reinsert the laptop battery and charge it completely.

Step 5: Once charged, unplug the power and let the battery drain all the way down.

Now repeat steps 4 and 5 at least 4 times: charge all the way to full, then discharge completely. That should be it! Unless your battery is leaking acid, you should get some kind of bump in the battery life.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

Note that you should only perform this on NiCD or NiMH batteries. If you try this on a lithium battery, it’ll make the battery life worse. Unfortunately, there is no way to restore a lithium battery. You’ll have to find your laptop specs to see what kind of battery you have. For lithium ion batteries, you can’t restore, but you can possibly extend the life of a battery. Read method 2.

Method 2 – Cool Your Computer

If you have a lithium ion based battery, you can increase it’s life by making sure your laptop is cool. If you have a laptop that gets really hot, it can damage the battery and cause the shortness in battery life. I have an old Sony VAIO laptop and I saw a significant increase in laptop battery life when I bought a laptop cooling pad off Amazon. You can get one like this for $20.

How to restore the old clock calendar and battery on the windows 10 taskbar

You may think your battery is on it’s last leg, but it could simply be that it’s getting too warm and therefore loses charge faster.

Method 3 – Recalibrate Your Battery

With most newer batteries, this is no longer necessary, but if your battery is dying, then it’s probably a pretty old battery. In that case, you may benefit from a recalibration. Recalibrating a battery is done because sometimes the operating system cannot figure out how much capacity is left in the battery. This can happen if the laptop is always plugged in or if the battery was never let to die all the way.

You can tell whether your battery needs calibration if your battery never charges to 100% (say only to 95%) or if the OS says you have 35 min of battery remaining, but the computer dies either much sooner or much later. A lot of manufacturers have released calibration tools for specific laptop models, so first perform a Google search with your computer model + battery calibration. Here’s an example tool from Sony.

If you have to manually recalibrate a battery, the procedure is pretty straight-forward:

Step 1: Charge your battery to 100% or to whatever max percentage it can reach and leave it there for about 2 hours to cool down.

Step 2: Now disconnect the power and let the battery drain. There seems to be two views about how to do this. You can either let the battery run down all the way until the laptop dies or you can set it so that it goes to sleep or hibernates around 3 to 5%. Either way, you want to make sure the display stays on until it either dies or goes to sleep.

Step 3: Let the computer remain turned off for anywhere between 3 to 5 hours.

Step 4: Turn it back on and let it charge all the way to 100%.

That’s pretty much it. Now the computer should be giving you a more accurate reading of the actual capacity of the battery.

Method 4 – Remove Battery When Plugged In

If you have a laptop with a removable battery, you can try to remove the battery during the times you have it plugged into the wall. You may have to test this because some laptops don’t work properly with the battery removed. However, if the laptop is running fine and it’s connected to a power source all the time, it may help to simply remove the battery.

The chemical reactions will continue to occur in the battery regardless of whether or not it’s in the laptop, but it could increase the life of the battery. Since the battery is cool and not hot when plugged in, you’ll get more life out of your battery.

Of course, you’ll need to make sure you’re not living in an area where the power goes out because your computer will die immediately and you’ll lose any data. This method is also time-consuming and annoying and something most people won’t do. The last method below may be the best.

Method 5 – Unplug at Full Battery

The last option you can try is to let the battery charge to 100% and then simply unplug the computer. When it gets close to dying, i.e. less than 5%, go ahead and plug it in and let it charge up. However, this could reduce battery life on newer lithium ion batteries, so for those batteries it’s suggested you only let the battery level drop to 35% to 45% and then charge it back up to 75% to 85%. Sounds crazy, but apparently that will give you the best battery life because it won’t use up as many charge and recharge cycles.

Again, this method also requires a bit of work, but it’s worth a try if you really want to increase your battery life. Have you used any other methods not mentioned here to increase your laptop battery life? If so, let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

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While many things in Windows 11 are similar to Windows 10, one annoyance for me is that you can only see a couple of icons in the system tray of the Taskbar in the lower-right corner of your Desktop.

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You can still show all your startup icons in the System Tray, but they changed where and how it works. Microsoft has combined the system tray icon settings with the Taskbar, called Taskbar corner overflow.

Video tutorial:

What you are currently seeing now is about two icons, with the rest hidden. You need to click on the arrow to see all of the other icons:

There are two ways to show all of your icons, and the first is typical Windows 11, where the answer is staring right at you, but you’re not used to Windows making things easy.

How to Show All Icons in the System Tray in Windows 11 – Drag and Drop

Click on the arrow to show all icons.

Drag each icon to the System Tray in the order you want. Once you’ve placed all of the icons in the System Tray, the arrow will disappear.

One neat feature of the new setup is that if a new icon is added to your startup, the arrow should appear again, alerting you to a new startup item.

How to Show All Icons in the System Tray in Windows 11 – Settings

You can also do the same thing in Settings.

Press the Windows Key + I to open Settings.

Click on Personalization.

Click on Taskbar.

Click on Taskbar corner overflow.

Here you can check which icons appear in the System Tray. Any items not checked will go into the overflow or hide behind the arrow, as shown at the top of this tutorial.

A blue icon indicates that that program will appear in the System Tray.

A quick note for the end of this tutorial. A few people have accused us of creating a fake or misleading article. The problem is that these people are looking for that one-click setting that no longer exists. Unless Microsoft restores that option, this is currently the only way to show all icons in Windows 11. We can’t give you the option you want when it doesn’t exist.

Windows 11 lets you show or hide taskbar icons with just a couple of clicks. Here is how to do it in simple and easy steps.

A couple of the most significant changes in Windows 11 are the Start menu and taskbar. Out of the box, the new taskbar looks pretty good, especially with the new icons and uplifted user interface. One of the best things I like about the new taskbar is its new icon animations when you open, close, minimize, or maximize apps and files. All in all, Windows 11’s taskbar is pretty decent.

Though the taskbar looks very similar to the one in Windows 10, its changes are significant. To be specific, Microsoft removed a lot of taskbar features and functionality. For example, you cannot drag and drop apps and files on the taskbar, inability to move taskbar position, nowhere to find context menu options, etc. Even with all the downgrades in favor of aesthetics, you still have the opportunity to show or hide taskbar icons in Windows 11. Of course, you can also move icons to the overflow menu.

With the new settings app, you toggle the app icons you want to appear or disappear on the taskbar. All you have to do is find the option and make the changes. Though easy, being a new operating system with significant changes to the settings app and its behavior, it can be unclear. That is where this simple Windows 11 guide comes.

So, without further ado, let me show you the steps to show taskbar icons or hide taskbar icons in Windows 11 operating system.

Show icons on the taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 shows two types of icons on the taskbar. They are the system icons and app icons. The system icons can be enabled from the Taskbar Corner Icons section and the app icons from the “Taskbar corner overflow” section. To show or add icons to the Windows 11 taskbar, follow the below steps.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar.
  2. Select “Taskbar settings.”
  3. Select the icons you want to appear under “Taskbar corner icons.”
  4. Expand “Taskbar corner overflow.”
  5. Turn on the icons you want to appear on the taskbar.
  6. Close the Settings app.
  7. With that, the icons you want will appear on the taskbar.

Detailed steps:

First, we need to open the Taskbar Settings. To do that, right-click on the taskbar and select the “Taskbar settings” option.

In the Taskbar settings window, expand the “Taskbar Corner Icons” section and select the icons you want to appear on the taskbar. As I said earlier, this section shows all system icons.

Next, expand the “Taskbar corner overflow” section and turn on the apps you want to show on the taskbar.

After that, close the Settings app. From now on, the icons you turn on will appear on the taskbar.

If you think there are way too many icons on the taskbar, you can hide a few not-so-important icons. Drag and drop the target icons on the arrow mark (ᐱ). This action puts them in the taskbar bar overflow menu.

Hide icons on the taskbar in Windows 11

If you don’t want an icon appearing on the taskbar, follow the below steps to hide them.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar.
  2. Select “Taskbar settings.”
  3. Expand “Taskbar corner icons.”
  4. Turn off the icons you want to hide.
  5. Expand “Taskbar corner overflow.”
  6. Turn off the icons you want to appear on the taskbar.
  7. Close the Settings app.
  8. With that, the icons will no longer appear on the taskbar.

Can I remove Windows 11 taskbar icons?

Yes, you can remove some icons from the Windows 11 taskbar. Just right-click on the taskbar, select “Taskbar settings,” and turn off the icons you want to remove or hide under the “Taskbar corner icons” and “Taskbar corner overflow” sections. To show them again, turn on the icons.

How do I remove the network, volume, or battery icon on Windows 11 taskbar?

You cannot remove or hide the network, volume, or battery icons from the taskbar in Windows 11. For whatever reason, Microsoft removed the option to remove essential system icons from the taskbar.

That is it. It is that simple to show or hide taskbar icons in Windows 11.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.