If you are a laptop user and prefer to go "Stand by" instead of "Hibernate" or "Log Off" to save time, the quickest way to do is to use the keyboard shortcuts on the laptop keyboard (for my Dell laptop its Fn+Esc) which I use very often. However if you use external keyboard (with dock station) you are deprived of the direct laptop keyboard access and hence the only way I figure out so far is to go through Start->Shut Down and then select "Stand by" option there which I found quite irritating because of the no of clicks.
You can create a desktop shortcut and even assign a keyboard shortcut to achieve the same. Here is what you need to do:
- Right click on the desktop and click on New->Shortcut
- In the "Create Shortcut" dialog, type the following and click Next:
- Give a name to this shortcut (ex StandBy) and click Finish.
You will see a new shortcut on the desktop which you can double click to get you laptop/system in Stand by mode. If you want to assign some keyboard shortcut, right click on the shortcut and select Property. In the "Shortcut key" text box, select the shortcut that you want to be used for ex. Ctrl + Shift + Atl + S.