Can I display the Power Meter
on my laptop all the time?
On my laptop computer with Windows XP, when I'm using the
computer on battery power there is an icon in the system tray
that shows how much battery capacity is left. This is handy, but
this icon goes away when I plug the computer into an A/C outlet.
I'd like to be able to have it there then, to make it easy to
check on how fully the battery has charged back up. Is this
possible or, if not, is there a third party program I can
install to do this? I know it's a little thing, but it would be
great to be able to do this. Thanks. - Alton P.
The default setting is to display the Power Meter icon when
you're using battery power, but you can indeed set XP to add the
icon to the taskbar permanently. Here's how:
- Click Start | Run.
- In the Run box, type PowerCfg.cpl.
- Click OK.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Check the box to Always Show Icon On The Taskbar.
- Click OK.
The icon image will display as a plug when you're on A/C
power, and as a battery when you're on battery power. It will
indicate whether the battery is charging or is fully charged.
You can also configure the Power Meter to display information
for multiple batteries, or set it to sound a warning when your
battery gets low, from the Power Meter and Alarms tabs,