Control Panel, Power Options, Advanced tab and Check always show icon in Taskbar. Click apply.
Thanks for the reply; however, when in Control Panel and clicking Power Options, nowhere can I find any reference to Advanced tab no matter where on screen or on which side of mouse I click. Worse, when I manage to have gotten to someplace (?) that gives the battery icon option...it's grayed out, so no go!
Laptops, that's true. And that's what I assumed you had.
Unless you have a UPS backup battery for your desktop there really isn't a battery that needs battery life monitoring.
For a desktop the only battery in your tower is the tiny RTC battery that probably will last the lifetime of the tower.