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How To Enable Battery And Other Notification Icons In The System Tray?
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How To Enable Battery And Other Notification Icons In The System Tray?

Windows 10 Operating System has so many countless inbuilt features that are difficult to keep a track of all of them. Most of these features can be customized completely while others don’t support simple customization. There might be many hidden features, but let’s discuss one important feature of Windows 10 which always remains in front of your eyes, on the desktop screen on the right-bottom corner – Notification Icons System Tray.

Notification icons in system tray

The taskbar of Windows 10 is one of the most important tools in the Windows 10 operating system. It not only houses the start button and the search bar on the left-bottom corner, with the shortcut of the icons pinned in the center and finally with some notification icons along with date and time in the right-bottom corner. There have been considerable changes in many of the features of the Windows operating system, but the system tray has been constant from Windows 95.  And for this very reason, we must take a look at the never-changing System Tray and what are its functions and customizations.

Notification Icons System Tray: What does it contain?

  • People App Icon            People app icon system tray

The People app icon displays a notification from your contacts on people’s apps. It acts as an address book that syncs your mails and calendar. It can be disabled from taskbar settings.

  • Show Hidden Icons      Hidden icons system tray

Due to lack of space, in the system tray, some icons can be hidden and accessed when required. A left mouse click on the upward arrow icon will display other icons of important apps that may be running in the background.

Placing the mouse pointer on an icon of the program would display the name of the software.

  • The Network Icon      Wired network wireless icon

One of the most important icons among the system tray icons which would display the status of internet connection on your computer.  The first icon represents a Wired connection and the second icon symbolizes Wi-Fi.

  • The Sound Icon      sound icon

This Icon has a simple but very useful function of muting/unmuting the sound of the computer. A small ‘x’ represents that the sound has been muted. It also allows the user to increase and decrease the volume.

  • Keyboard Language    Keyboard icon

This icon informs the user as to which keyboard layout is currently selected.

  • Date and Timedate and time icon desktop

This displays the system date and time.

  • Notification Icons.  action center notification icon

This displays the number of unread notifications in the system. A left-click of the mouse will display all the unread notifications.

  • Show Desktopshow desktop icon

The last icon is a line on the further-most right-bottom corner which assists the user to arrive on the desktop screen when it is left-clicked by the mouse pointer.

  • Battery icon  battery icon system tray

This icon is available only on laptops and devices that run on battery. This icon helps the user to know the percentage of battery remaining and the state it is in (Charging or not). While this icon is not present in the Desktop computers, on the other hand it is one of the most important icon for Laptop users as it helps the users to estimate a time frame that their laptops can work without charging. If this icon is not visible, then follow the steps below to display the battery symbol among the notification icons in the system tray.

How to customize notification icons on the system tray in Windows 10?

To customize the system tray icons is to make a choice of which icons you want to appear and remove others. This choice is completely based on the personal discretion of the user as you have different tasks on your computer than others. The generic steps to do this are:

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and a menu will appear.
  2. Choose the last option in the menu which is labeled as” Taskbar Settings”.
  3. Scroll down in the settings window to the Notification Area. You will find two options.

Taskbar settings

The first option in the above figure is labeled as “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”. This option allows the user to turn on/off icons in the notification area of the system tray. The list includes 3rd party applications like messaging apps, antivirus, etc. which run in the background and notify only if important.

icons on taskbar settings

The second option “Turn system icons on or off” include a list of icons of system applications like the clock, network, volume, and most important battery. It is very easy to turn on and off these icons by just toggling a key. Check out the below figure for more details:

system icons on taskbar

The clock icon displays the date and time in the taskbar and can be turned on and off. In the above image, the battery symbol, labeled as ‘Power’ is turned off and can be turned on with a simple click of the mouse.

How to fix Battery Icon greyed out in Windows 10?

battery icon greyed out

Turning on/off the battery charging symbol among the notification icons in the system tray would seem easy after you read the steps above. But what if the icon was greyed out as in the above figure? No matter how many times you clicked on it, it remained off and wouldn’t turn on. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

Remove and reinstall the battery.

Step 1: Switch off the laptop and remove the charging cord if attached and then after it has shut down completely, remove the battery.

Step 2: After a minute of removing the battery, reattach the power cord to the laptop and turn it on. The laptop works perfectly fine on electricity without a battery in place. Wait for a couple of minutes after it has turned on and then turn it off again and remove the charging cord.

CAUTION: As the laptop was powered on electricity without the battery, so it is necessary to let the computer shut down completely before detaching the charging cord. A sudden loss of power may cause loss of files and bad sectors on your hard drive

Step 3: After the laptop has powered off and the charging cord removed, reattach the battery.

Step 4: Turn on the laptop and navigate to the taskbar settings to check if the ‘Power’ icon has restored to normal white color which can be toggled with.

Restart the AC Adapter.

If the issue persists then follow this different troubleshooting step:

Step 1: Open the Device Manager by typing ‘Device Manager’ in the search box on the left-bottom corner of the screen.

Step 2: Click on the entry labeled as ‘Batteries’. It will expand. displaying more entries beneath it, Select Microsoft AC Adapter and right-click on it. You will get a short menu with a few options. Choose disable device.

Step 3: The next step is to select the Microsoft AC ACPI-Complaint Control Method Battery and follow the same step as above. Choose disable device.

Step 4: The final step is to enable both these entries again and restart the laptop.

Note:  The Disable device will automatically turn into Enable device option once the entry is disabled.

battery settings device manager


Customizing the system tray icons and displaying useful icons and removing unimportant ones along with battery charging icon troubleshooting may be a small task but the only point I would like to express is that if an option can be customized, then why not try it out? Though there isn’t much to learn about the notifications icons in the system tray, but the above information can definitely make your life easier by customizing the system tray and make you love your computer even more. Do let me know in the comments section below if there more options that we can play within the system tray.

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