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By default, only the most recently used plan as well as "balanced" are available. How do I display all 3 default power plans? I'd like to avoid third party programs if possible.

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Battery Care installs malware along with it. You can opt out (although not obviously at first glance). I would discourage users from installing software that bundles malware. The author gets barely enough to buy a beer per year from that stuff and it only serves as a distribution point for malware and spyware. It needs to end.

Here's an alternative that doesn't bundle any malware.

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Thank you for this important information –  mafutrct Nov 24 '13 at 18:34
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Windows 7 has no natural settings to show more than 2 power plans in the system tray. However, you can create shortcuts or hotkeys to switch between your power plans. How-to Geek has a nice article about how to do that: Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Switch Power Plans.

One of the users in a forum having the same question as you says that this solution is perfect; but each time he ran the shortcut, the command prompt popped up for a second. To prevent this he created a small script. You can see the related post here.

There is also a Windows sidebar gadget which can do what you want. It's called Power Scheme and can be downloaded from this page.

Although you avoid 3rd party solutions, there is a tool called Power Plan Assistant for Windows® 7 which can do the job as well.

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Note that Power Plan Assistant is nagware. After one week of use, the software disables itself, and you're required to download a new version from the website and to install it again. You have to repeat this every week as long as you keep using it. –  phsource Oct 27 '11 at 3:35
    
A good alternative I've found is BatteryCare, at batterycare.net/en/download.html –  phsource Dec 6 '11 at 1:35
    
Battery Care has already been suggested as an answer to the question: superuser.com/a/162697/13567 –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Dec 6 '11 at 7:38
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I would recommend Battery Care, a freeware tool that does more than allowing you to easily change the power plans (Power Saver, Balanced and High Performance) . See this Battery Care review

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Could you write a bit more about it, especially in comparison with Power Plan Assistant? –  mafutrct Jul 29 '10 at 8:58
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Have you looked at Power Plan Assistant

Searching for 'show all 3 power plans in tray software'? Congratulations, you just have found a comprehensive solution. Power Plan Assistant for Windows 7 is an ultimate manual / automatic power plan switcher and a compact (yet very informative) system Power icon replacement. It's the multiple award-winning, the world's smartest power management tool. Blockquote

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I'll throw in a late update to this, Power Scheme Switcher, under the MIT license with source code available from the same place. Built in C# on Visual Studio 2012.

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Shameless plug: https://powerbuddy.codeplex.com/

Power Buddy is a very lightweight system trap application that allows you to switch between all the defined power plans.

No malware. No junk.

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