How do I... create a Suspend mode shortcut in Windows XP?

You don't need third-party software or expensive keyboards to quickly put your Microsoft Windows XP personal computer into Suspend Mode. Greg Shultz shows you how to create a shortcut that can do it.

On the Advanced tab of the Power Options Properties dialog box, Microsoft 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 from the Power Options Properties dialog box, using these shortcuts will put your computer into Hibernation mode. If you haven't, using these shortcuts will put your computer into Standby mode.)

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Power Options dialog box -- Advanced tab

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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 mouse.

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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