In the control panel of Windows 10, a lot of settings can be tweaked in order to customise the operating system to make it look and behave as you want. However, some simple things are just impossible in Windows 10: for example showing the actual battery percentage in the Windows 10 system tray.
One way to see the battery percentage (and the time remaining) is to hover with your mouse over the battery icon in the bottom-right corner. And if you click on the battery icon, it will give you some additional options, such as changing the screen brightness in order to further save battery life (this can be very handy in case you are low on battery).
But unfortunately, the default battery indicator is very limited. It doesn’t show much detail and it is missing the actual percentage of the battery. Luckily, there is a small tweak you can apply in order to continuously see the live battery percentage on your Windows 10 device.
GitHub user ‘Kas’ created a small but very useful application that can show the battery percentage in the task bar area (system tray) in Windows 10. Here are the steps to follow:
- Download the battery percentage executable from GitHub (direct link<https://github.com/kas/percentage/releases/download/v1.1.0/percentage.exe>)
- We want to make sure the battery percentage is always shown, even when restarting the computer. So save the .exe file into the Startup folder (find it by pressing Windows Key + R at the same time, then entering ‘shell:startup’).
You will now be able to see the live battery statistics of your desktop/laptop/tablet. This will allow you to keep track of the battery usage when using your computer.
In my case, I wanted to optimise the battery life of my computer. This means charging until about 80%, then discharging until minimum 20%.