Quick Sleep

There are at least five ways to put your Mac to sleep. In decreasing order of how much time they take, they are:

  • Choose Sleep from the Apple menu
  • Hit Control-Eject and then S (or click the Sleep button in the dialog that pops up)
  • Press the power button (for desktop Macs)
  • Close the lid (for laptops)

The fifth method is to hit command-option-eject. Note that all of these will also lock the computer if you have it set up to require a password after the screen saver kicks in.