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In a hurry? Need to get out of the house, but want to make sure you have a fully charged laptop Is It Time to Replace Your Windows Laptop Battery? Is It Time to Replace Your Windows Laptop Battery? Laptop batteries have a finite lifespan and need to be replaced every once in a while. Windows can tell you if it's time to do that. Read More with you before you hit the road? Need to know how long it’s going to take for your battery to suck in all that sweet, sweet juice?

Here’s how to check how long your laptop will take to get a full charge on a Mac or PC.

On PC, your first option is to simply mouse over the battery icon while plugged into power. This will give you a quick glance at the time, but if you want to sit there and watch it as it goes (as it turns out, a watched pot can still boil), head to Settings 7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately 7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately Microsoft made some questionable decisions with Windows 10. Some of its default settings should not be left alone. We show you how to improve privacy, conserve bandwidth, reduce distraction, and lots more. Read More on your device, then choose System.

From there, click Battery Saver from the left menu and you can watch the countdown to a full charge.

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On Mac, click the battery icon on your menu bar 9 Handy Apps for Your Mac’s Menu Bar 9 Handy Apps for Your Mac’s Menu Bar Most of us glance at the Mac menu bar for the date and time, but with a few apps it can do much more. Read More to see how much time remains until it’s fully charged. Unlike Windows, the pop out window stays open until you click off it. You can also go to System Preferences, then Energy Saver to see the info.

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How long does your laptop take to fully charge? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Peter Buyze
    May 31, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I know MUO has recently been recruiting more writers, and it is obvious that there are more articles published. However, I am beginning to get the feeling that objective of the recruitment is for MUO to merely be "in people's faces", no matter what the content of the articles.
    Recently the quality of content of articles has been pretty mediocre, and I find this article a good example of that.
    This is not a rant against you, Dave LeClaire, but rather one against your editor Tina Sieber. In my opinion this doing more harm than good for the MUO brand.

  2. Mike Marshall
    May 31, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Even easier, simply hover over or click on the power taskbar icon.

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