Sleep mode is a convenient power option 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
- Right-click on the Start Button to open the Power User menu. Select Device Manager.
- You’ll see a list of categories for the devices connected to your PC. First, click the arrow next to Keyboards.
- 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.)
- On each entry’s tab, make sure that Allow this device to wake the computer is checked.
- Click OK, and your keyboard should now wake your PC from sleep.
- 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.