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How to Wake PC from Sleep with Keyboard or Mouse

When not using the system, most of us put it to sleep. This helps in not wasting power unnecessarily. The good thing about the Windows sleep mode is that you can turn it on instantly. To turn on the PC, all you have to do is press the power button or lift the laptop lid.

Though pressing the power button to wake the PC is no difficult task, you can make things a tad bit easier. That is, you can use your keyboard and mouse to wake the PC.

By default, this option is enabled on most PCs. However, sometimes it might not work as it should or the option is disabled. If that the case, you can manually enable the option to wake the PC with a keyboard and/or mouse.

Here’s how to wake the PC from sleep using a keyboard and mouse.

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  1. Wake PC using the keyboard
  2. Wake PC using the mouse

Note: Though I’m showing this in Windows 10, the same methods work on Windows 7 and 8.

1. Wake PC From Sleep Using Keyboard

If you like to wake PC from sleep using the keyboard then you have to change the device settings from Device Manager.

1. First off, search for “Device Manager” in the start menu and open it. Alternatively, press Win + X to open the Power User menu and click on the Device Manager option.

2. In the device manager window, expand the “Keyboard” section, right-click on your keyboard and select the “Properties.”

wake pc using keyboard - select keyboard properties

3. Go to the “Power Management” tab in the keyboard properties window.

4. Select the checkbox “Allow this device to wake the computer” and click on the “Ok” button to save changes.

Select checkbox in keyboard hardware management

If you are not seeing the power management tab, it is likely that your keyboard doesn’t support this feature. Just to make sure, reinstall the keyboard driver. If the keyboard supports the feature, you will see the power management tab.

That’s it. From now on, you can wake PC from sleep using the keyboard. Just press any key on the keyboard.

2. Wake PC From Sleep with Mouse

If your Mouse hardware supports it, you can wake PC from sleep using the mouse.

1. Open Device Manager by searching for in the start menu.

2. Here, expand the “Mice and other pointing devices” section, right-click on your mouse, and select “Properties.”

wake pc using mouse - select mouse properties

3. In the properties window, navigate to the “Power Management” tab, and select the checkbox “Allow this device to wake the computer.” Click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.

Select checkbox in mouse hardware management

That’s it. You can wake the PC from sleep by moving the mouse or clicking a button.

Again, if you are not seeing the power management tab then either you have to reinstall the mouse driver or your mouse doesn’t support the feature.

If you ever want to disable waking PC using keyboard or mouse, just uncheck the “Allow this device to wake the computer” under the power management tab for both keyboard and mouse.

Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to wake PC using keyboard or mouse.

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7 thoughts on “How to Wake PC from Sleep with Keyboard or Mouse”

  1. Avatar for venkat

    I have made under device manger-keyboard and mouse – checked in properties “wkeup using this device”. but this does not work. I have to ;use power button. solution?

  2. Avatar for Jonathan Allen

    If the Power Management tab is unavailable, you may be able to enable USB Wake-Up option in your BIOS settings (at startup). After it’s enabled it appears in Device Manager.

  3. Avatar for John

    I had been waking up my ASUS PC from the keyboard with no problems (it was an old=style keyboard using the keyboard port). When I replaced the keyboard with a USB model I found I had to use the power button instead.
    However I found that by plugging the keyboard into a different USB port, the problem went away!

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