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Windows 7: how to make idle time before sleep ignore mouse input

20 Apr 2013   #1
mahaju

Windows: Windows 7 Professional, Version 6.1.7600, , 32 Bit. Internet Explorer: 8.0.7
 
 
how to make idle time before sleep ignore mouse input

the computer goes to sleep if it stays idle for some time
this internal idle timer gets reset every time there is keypress or mouse movement
how do I make it ignore mouse movement, that is, I don't want the idle timer to reset even if I move the mouse
So if I don't press any key for 30 minutes, I want the computer to go to sleep even if I move the mouse during this time
how do I do it?
thank you


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20 Apr 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

I don't think this can be done. If it's a USB mouse, then I would just unplug it.
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20 Apr 2013   #3
mahaju

Windows: Windows 7 Professional, Version 6.1.7600, , 32 Bit. Internet Explorer: 8.0.7
 
 

hoe does windows keep track of user input idle time ? is there any way we are allowed to tweak it?
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20 Apr 2013   #4
TwoCables

 

I'm not sure, and I'm not sure. :/
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20 Apr 2013   #5
Kari

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I do not think you can tweak Windows to ignore mouse movements when counting idle time.

If you check Group Policies for Sleep Settings (Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management), you can see what can be done and what not.

Kari
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20 Apr 2013   #6
DavidE

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I'm curious, so some dumb questions.
Why are you moving the mouse (to do nothing to keep the PC awake) if you want the PC to sleep automatically?
Would you want the PC to go to Sleep while you are moving the mouse?
If you are moving the mouse intentionally and want the PC to sleep, why not just click "Sleep"?
Are you accidentally moving the mouse while doing something else?
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20 Apr 2013   #7
mahaju

Windows: Windows 7 Professional, Version 6.1.7600, , 32 Bit. Internet Explorer: 8.0.7
 
 

it's a weird requirement but if it was an easy thing to do I wouldn't be asking about it
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20 Apr 2013   #8
mahaju

Windows: Windows 7 Professional, Version 6.1.7600, , 32 Bit. Internet Explorer: 8.0.7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I do not think you can tweak Windows to ignore mouse movements when counting idle time.

If you check Group Policies for Sleep Settings (Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management), you can see what can be done and what not.

Kari
do you mean power options by that?
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20 Apr 2013   #9
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mahaju View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I do not think you can tweak Windows to ignore mouse movements when counting idle time.

If you check Group Policies for Sleep Settings (Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management), you can see what can be done and what not.

Kari
do you mean power options by that?
You have to open the Group Policy Editor. Open the Start Menu, type gpedit.msc, and then press Enter.

Note to readers: this is only available in Windows 7 Professional and above.
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20 Apr 2013   #10
mahaju

Windows: Windows 7 Professional, Version 6.1.7600, , 32 Bit. Internet Explorer: 8.0.7
 
 

I have Windows home premium
I just realized I don't even have access to gpedit
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