How-To Geek

Stop the Mouse From Waking Up Your Computer from Sleep Mode

If your mouse is set to wake the computer from Sleep Mode, even the slightest bump of your desk can wake it back up. Here we’ll show you how to avoid this annoyance by disabling it from waking up your machine.

I have seen this happen a lot at home and in the office. A Vista or Windows 7 computer is supposed to be in Sleep Mode and when you come back to your machine after a few hours you see it up and running. If you have the mouse set to wake it up from Sleep Mode, sometimes the slightest movement can wake it up. To disable the annoyance type mouse into the search box in the Start Menu and hit Enter.


Under the Hardware tab click on the Properties button.


Under the Power Management tab uncheck the box next to Allow this device to wake the computer then click Ok and close out of the Mouse Properties window.


This comes in very handy if you have a cat who messes around with your stuff at night. You can do the same thing for your keyboard if you want.


Now when you put your Windows 7 or Vista machine in Sleep Mode, the mouse can’t be used to wake it up.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 02/10/10

Comments (13)

  1. doronb2

    I haven’t any “power management” tab…

  2. rzlmlchm09

    I had to click the “Change Settings” button on the General Tab of the HID Compliant Mouse Properties window in order to see the “Power Management” tab. Maybe that will work for you.

  3. cz-man

    I have windows vista home premium (sp2 32 bit), but I haven’t any “power management” tab.

    Excuse my bad English…

  4. Grant

    It would probably be a bad idea to turn them both off. Then how would you wake it?

  5. doronb2

    I haven’t any “Change Settings” button on the General Tab of the HID Compliant Mouse Properties window…

  6. Omar

    It didn’t work for me. No power management tab.

  7. Jonathan

    I have a USB and PS 2 compatible moue, I also had a adapter for Usb to the analog pronged plug for the mouse port , i removed the adapter and plugged into the Usb slot and the power management tab showed up .Not sure if anyone else has this setup but if you do try this method it worked for me.

  8. shailendra kumar

    this is typically half advise which puts those who follow it into trouble.
    having disabled the mouse and ps/2 pad how does one bring it back on
    must always be included..

  9. C. L. Cagwin

    @Grant If you have the power button pressing setttings not to shut down your computer, you could still wake it that way.

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  11. gert

    For some mice, you also have to disable one of the keyboards. E.g. For my Logitech Performance MX mouse, I had to disable a “HID Keyboard Device”, and a “HID-compliant mouse.”

    You can access the keyboards in the same way (by typing Keyboard in the start menu). You can also access both devices with the device manager. Device manage can be accessed by pressing Windows Key + R, and then typing “devmgmt.msc”

  12. Confucius

    I’ve tried this with the ps/2 mouse and keyboard, but it still wakes the computer up. Strange thing is that when I disconnect the ps/2 mouse and tried to use a usb mouse, the mouse doesn’t wake the computer. I still need to use the ps/2 mouse, so it bothers bugAnyone have a solution for this?

  13. Matthew Schwartz

    If you aren’t seeing the Power Management Tab, it could be a driver issue. On my computer I had 4 HID keyboards, 2 HID Mouse, and 1 for Sidewinder Mouse. Only 1 keyboard and the Sidewinder Mouse had this tab. Hope this helps.

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