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Battery/power icon in taskbar

.Hello everyone,
Using Lenovo G585, Windows 10,
I have been using Malwarebytes free on my laptop for some years.
Today it was updated and now I cannot obtain the battery/power icon on the taskbar.
I have been to settings/taskbar etc, but all icons are able to be turned on or off but the power icon is greyed out and will not turn on.
Any help would be gratefully received! It is rather useful to know when to switch the charge on rather than have the laptop blank out on me!

Regards
Colin

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Not a direct answer.

First, Windows 10 changed how restart worked. So try a restart and see if that helps. In the old days (pre-10) you could shutdown and start and that would give the machine a full restart. This is no longer true.

Now with a full restart look again and see if it works. If not, turn that feature off and restart. Then turn it on and see if that fixed it.

No go? There's also the setting to show all tray icons. For me I just leave it at show all.

Finally at the office we use the ABC rule on charging. We want the longest battery life so we Always Be Charging since the issue of overcharging is something from over a decade ago.

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Not a direct answer.

Hello Bob, and thanks for your answer.
I tried all the methods that you suggested and they were not successful. I then tried a 'restore' and that was unsuccessful too!
The control switch for the icon in settings/taskbar was continuously greyed out and unresponsive.
I restored back to my original date and shut down.
After a couple if hours I needed to use the laptop and when it opened the icon had 'miraculously' reappeared!
Problem solved - but I really don't know how!

Regards,

Colin

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This happens to me too.

My favorite to date is when I restart a Windows machine in SAFE MODE to look around and after looking I reboot normally and the problem is gone. While I have a theory why, it doesn't matter.

This is why I keep this in my bag of tricks.

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This happens to me too

Ha! Ha! It's good to know I'm not alone!

With regard to leaving the laptop on "permanent" charge - I suppose that my idea that whilst the alkaline battery can't actually be overcharged, a permanent charge 'wears' it down sooner than charging it when it is discharged, is not correct?

Rrgards

Colin

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The LiOn full charge hurts it life span has been disproved.

Well not so fast. While leaving a LiOn battery at a full state of charge may ding its lifespan a percent point that's nothing compared to other sins.

It's so little that I don't worry about it.

At the office we leave laptops on main power (the wall socket) for years. More than one recent machine came out of service and the batteries on most are showing 80 to close to 100 percent capacity after 5 years sitting on the desktop always on main power.

Sorry folk, if you are looking to get more battery life, look into ABC (always be charging.)

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