How can I log into Windows 10 from sleep using only the keyboard?


  1. I tap a key and the computer wakes from sleep. It shows me a lovely vista of some place I've never been.
  2. The keyboard does nothing. I must first click the mouse button, presumably to give the login screen the focus. (Really?)
  3. I can now press ENTER to remove the photo and see the username/password prompt.
  4. I type my password and hit ENTER.

It's having to switch to the mouse in step 2 the frustrates me. Is there another way to get the username/password prompt without leaving the keyboard?

  • you should be able to hit any key to get the logon prompt, if not something isnt right – Keltari Feb 1 '16 at 5:27
  • I have the same issue. Want to login with keyboard only. But force to click once with mouse so that login/PIN prompt appears. – Shihan Mar 26 at 12:27

Press ESC - that will reveal the login fields.

  • Nope, it won't respond to that either. – Hand-E-Food Feb 1 '16 at 5:14

Pressing Alt+Tab first will give the window focus. Then any of the usual keys will bring up the login prompt.

  • This worked for me. I can confirm pressingESC does nothing. Still kind of shocked that the issue was that nothing was in focus! Sometimes Windows is stupid. :P Thanks for finding this! It was driving me crazy! – Skeets Nov 29 '18 at 21:09

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