Windows 10 has a lot of features compared to its previous versions like Windows 7, 8.  Almost all the icons and UI elements are redesigned in Windows 10 to give a fresh look and feel. The battery icon in Windows 10 laptops is still  a cell icon with no battery percentage information on it. However if you click on the battery icon it will display detailed information like the percentage of juice left, charging or not and the time estimate for which the charge is sufficient. But I know you are not here for that. It is always good to have a percentage directly visible like in smartphones near to the battery icon in taskbar to get a glimpse on the battery left. I will explain how to show battery percentage on windows 10 task bar easily.

battery info by click

How to add battery percentage indicator in windows 10

First of all, like all the other versions of windows, Windows 10 does not have this feature inbuilt. This basically means that you have to depend on third party apps. But the beauty of having such an app directly related to how simple the application is. Well, to have a battery percentage monitor in your Windows 10 task bar, all you need to do is just download an exe file and run it.

Yes, it is as simple as that. Kenneth Schnall is an Information Sciences and Technology Student who has done plenty of projects like “percentage” in Github. For our specific requirement to show battery percentage on windows 10 system tray, he has developed an open source application called “percentage”.

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about the developer

As the application tag line says – See your battery percentage in the Windows 10 system tray, it adds a small icon on your task bar/ system tray which shows the battery left in percentage. It is similar to the battery percentage display in smartphones, the icon is very small so it doesn’t take much space on the tray.

To conclude in steps, do the following to add the battery percentage indicator:

  • Download the percentage.exe file from the github page.
  • Double click on exe file once the download is complete.
  • Enjoy

system tray battery percentage

The background is black for the icon. As I have said earlier, it is an open source project, you can download the source code, make your changes and re build the application with your own customization.

Advantage of the above method are:

  • No admin credentials required
  • The application is lightweight (8 KB)

Only disadvantage is that once you restart your system, you will need to run the application again. You can make this program start automatically in the following way:

  • Create a shortcut of the application by right clicking the “percentage.exe” and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
  • Open run window by pressing Windows+R .
  • Type shell:startup and hit enter
  • A folder for startup programs will be opened. Copy and paste the shortcut you have created to this folder.

Now the application will run automatically on startup and the percentage will show always in your windows 10 system tray.

Below is a video that I have created in case if you are a fan of video tutorials 🙂

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Comments (1)

  1. Quote: “First of all, like all the other versions of windows, Windows 10 does not have this feature inbuilt.”
    Ummmm…. YES! IT IS! Since Windows 95 all the way up to Windows 8.1! IT IS ONLY MISSING IN WINDOWS 10!
    Quote: “Almost all the icons and UI elements are redesigned in Windows 10 to give a fresh look and feel. ”
    If colorless, bland and unidentifiable comes off to you as “fresh”…
    Why are people still defending this garbage of an OS!?
    I always loved Windows and could never stand Linux or MAC, but Windows 10 is making me finally reconsider!

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