Many computers or keyboards have a Sleep button, which when
pressed puts the computer into either Stand By or Hibernate mode depending on
how Windows XP’s Power Options are configured. However, the Sleep button might
not be in convenient location for regular use (e.g., if the Sleep button is on
the front of a mid tower case that is under your desk).

You could activate Stand By or Hibernate mode from the Shut Down Windows dialog box. An alternative to this method is to
create your own Sleep button by creating a shortcut on your desktop. Here’s
how:

  1. Right
    click on the desktop.
  2. Select
    New | Shortcut.
  3. Type rundll32.exe
    powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState
    in the text box.
  4. Click
    Next.
  5. Type
    Sleep in the text box and click Finish.

Now when you click the Sleep icon, Windows XP will put the
computer into either Stand By or Hibernate mode depending on how the When I
Press The Sleep Button On My Computer setting is
configured on the Advanced tab of the Power Options Properties dialog box.

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