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?


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 (versions prior to Windows 10)

Windows , , , s will put the computer to sleep.

In English Windows 10

Win+X , U , S

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
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    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
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    @ChristianConkle At that point, they might as well have made it the Konami Code. – krillgar Sep 20 '16 at 19:43
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    Windows 10 (including 1607!): Win+X → Up → Up → Right → Up → Up. (Last part may vary.) – Daniel B Feb 28 '17 at 7:15
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    Windows 10 English: Win+X -> U -> S (variant on @DanielB's idea, but with fewer up-up-ups). Edit: Oh, I see Christian Conkle already answered this same thing in another answer (not comment). – Luc Aug 18 '18 at 1:02

Starting in Windows 8, and continuing in Windows 10 at least as of the Creators Update, the Windows+x menu allows quick access to the "shut down or sign out menu." And it has sensible accelerators; "u" for the shut down menu, and then "s" for sleep.

You can sleep with the sequence Windows+x, u, s.

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You can use the free utility NirCmd as follows:

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

The rest you can find in torbengb's answer.

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  • You need the "standby" command to go to sleep. The "hibernate" command does what you think it does. – GetFree Feb 28 '17 at 5:15

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

You can use Autohotkey script:

    DllCall("PowrProf\SetSuspendState", "int", 0, "int", 0, "int", 0)

It will put PC to sleep when you press "Pause Break"

You can change key to any combination you want

source: https://gist.github.com/davejamesmiller/1965847

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My method doesn't satisfy the minimum keystrokes requirement I guess...

but anyways...

Windows+D to go to the desktop, and from there press Alt+F4

Alt+F4 magic

Choose the action and then press enter. It's three keyboard operations if sleep is your default action. I kind of like the Alt+F4 window it brings up.

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Another good option: Use "psshutdown -d -t 0"

From pstools of SysInternals: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/pstools

Create the shortcut with its hotkeys. Pin the shortcut to taskbar, have it on desktop, use hotkeys ;D.

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