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My keyboard doesn't have power-related keys. I would like to enter the hybrid sleep using the keyboard and only with a minimum of keystrokes.

If there is none, how do I bind a hotkey to it?

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Windows doesn't have a standard hotkey or keyboard shortcut for going to sleep - except the "sleep" button that you see on some keyboards.

Instead, you can use a program to trigger the sleep state, and you can assign a shortcut to launch this program:

  1. Download Steve's Wizmo tool.
  2. Create a shortcut to this program on your desktop.
  3. Right-click the shortcut, and select Properties.
  4. In the field Target, add the word standby. *)
  5. Click in the field Shortcut key, then press the key combination you want to use. This is then displayed in the field. Note: Not all shortcuts work, e.g. Win+S gets translated to Ctrl-Alt-S instead.
  6. Click OK and try out the shortcut!

*) See the Wizmo webpage for complete documentation. Wizmo can do lots more!

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Glad to see there's more Steve Gibson fans here. – qroberts Oct 5 '10 at 14:09

In English Windows Windows + -> + -> + s will put the computer to sleep.

If sleep is configured to be hybrid, then it will be a hybrid sleep.

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+1, Relatively easy to remember and works always as it does not require changes to the system. – mgronber Aug 24 '13 at 16:53
This pattern no longer works in Windows 10. It's now Win-↑-↑-Enter-↓-Enter, but it's not totally reliable; I've sometimes seen "sleep" not be an option, perhaps because of pending updates, causing this to reboot instead. – Christian Conkle Aug 9 '15 at 15:29

You can use the free utility NirCmd as follows:

"C:\Program Files\Nircmd\nircmd.exe" hibernate

The rest you can find in torbengb's answer.

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You can try this command instead (no external programs are required):

Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep
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Unfortunately, if you have hibernation enabled, this will hibernate instead of sleep. – Jeremy Stein Dec 10 '14 at 20:10

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