What to Do If Windows 10 Won’t Wake From Sleep With Keyboard or Mouse
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Sleep mode is a convenient power option How to Use Your Windows 10 Power Button How to Use Your Windows 10 Power Button You can shut down Windows using the physical button on your computer or the commands on the Start Menu. We explain what these options do and how to tweak them. Read More because it lets you pick up right where you left off. Normally, you only need to hit a keyboard key or move your mouse to wake your PC from sleep.

But what if these don’t work? You can always wake it up with the power button, but using your peripherals is more convenient. Here’s how to diagnose the issue when your keyboard and mouse won’t wake your PC from sleep.

Windows 10 Won’t Wake With Keyboard or Mouse

Windows 10 Device Manager Power Management

  1. Right-click on the Start Button to open the Power User menu. Select Device Manager.
  2. You’ll see a list of categories for the devices connected to your PC. First, click the arrow next to Keyboards.
  3. You’ll see one or more entries for your PC keyboard here. Double-click each one of them in turn, and select the Power Management tab. (If you don’t see this tab for a particular entry, move onto the next one.)
  4. On each entry’s tab, make sure that Allow this device to wake the computer is checked.
  5. Click OK, and your keyboard should now wake your PC from sleep.
  6. Repeat these steps for the Mice and other pointing devices category if you’d like your mouse to wake your computer as well.

If you don’t see the Power Management tab on any of your devices, either your hardware doesn’t support waking the computer from sleep, or you don’t have the proper drivers installed. Check our guide on updating Windows drivers for help on getting the latest ones.

Take care when using these options with a laptop. If you have a wireless mouse connected and forget to turn it off, you could accidentally wake your laptop from sleep when it’s in a bag. This could generate a lot of heat if left for some time.

For more help, check out how to fix other Windows 10 sleep mode issues How to Fix Windows 10 Sleep Mode Issues How to Fix Windows 10 Sleep Mode Issues Is something interfering with your PC's sleep pattern? We'll show you how to troubleshoot sleep mode settings. These solutions are more effective than counting sheep. Read More .

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  1. Danielle
    July 24, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    My keyboard device properties window does not have a Power Management tab. My biggest regret was upgrading my laptop to Windows 10! I use my laptop as a hard drive to which a full size monitor and keyboard is connected. My laptop is mounted on the wall, with cover closed all the time. It's a pain to have to take it out of its mount, open it and hit the power key every time I need to wake it up. None of the many solutions I found on line works.

  2. Ian Hart
    April 9, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I am perplexed! In step 2, " If you cannot use your peripherals then right click with your mouse" (that is not responsive)?!! I think I will take your advice in the footer and...............
    Try counting sheep