I have an iMac running El Capitan. I put my iMac to sleep because it's faster than hibernate and only uses 1.2 watts anyways. But every time the mouse is moved, it wakes it up.

How do I stop a USB mouse (NOT bluetooth!) from waking the Mac? I like that the keyboard wakes it, just not the mouse, because sometimes it gets moved out of the way, or the cat moves it.

This is a simple power option in both Windows and Linux but I can't seem to find the same option in MacOS. Please don't answer with placing the mouse upside down, or in a box etc, this is not a solution for me, neither is shutting it off or hibernating it. I'd like some kind of OS or hardware option.

  • Is this an Apple branded mouse, or a third-party product?
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 21:45
  • @IconDaemon I've used the Apple mouse and my Logitech mouse, both wake the computer. I'd rather use my Logitech mouse because of the forward/back thumb buttons.
    – Delorean
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 21:51
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    There doesn't appear to be a way to do this in software so I'd suggest doing it in hardware: unplug the mouse slightly and plug it back in to wake up the computer :) Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 17:21
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    @ToddDabney Thanks Todd but I don't consider that a valid solution. Especially considering the USB ports on the back of the screen, which is sitting on a very deep desk, is hard to reach for me, and my wife can't reach at all.
    – Delorean
    Commented Oct 15, 2017 at 1:51


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