On the Advanced tab of the Power Options dialog box, Windows
XP provides you with several built-in shortcuts for putting your computer in
Suspend mode—either Standby or Hibernation. These shortcuts allow you to
reconfigure the operation performed when pressing either the Power or Sleep
buttons. (If you’ve enabled the Hibernation feature, using these shortcuts will
put your computer into hibernation mode. If you haven’t, using these shortcuts
will put your computer into standby mode.)

However, if you wish to expand your alternatives, you can
create a standard shortcut that will put your computer in Suspend mode. You can
the put the shortcut on your desktop or place it on the Quick Launch bar, where
you can easily put your computer in a suspended state with a click of your

Here’s how:

  1. Right-click
    the desktop and select New | Shortcut.
  2. When
    the Create Shortcut wizard’s location text box appears, type
    rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState
  3. Give
    the shortcut a name like Suspend Now!

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