I need to describe a mode of a machine or a device when it is ready for work but it is in kind of a sleeping mode. Also I need to put it in a context of "awakening" from such mode. The rough example is below.

Tap on the screen for the system multimedia features to resume from standby.

The context is slightly technical, so I sought for a formal expression. Even though the phrase "to resume from standby" is from the Microsoft site, I am not sure whether it is okay to use it in the context of some multimedia system.

Also there is the similar topic on ELL, but it couldn't answer my queries fully.

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    Your example is fine. In some contexts it would be reasonable to omit the from standby qualifier (if that was contextually implied to be the prior state). But it's best specified explicitly in your specific context, as you appear to have recognised with your need to put it in a context of "awakening" from such a mode. – FumbleFingers Sep 14 '18 at 14:11
  • I also like to see the goal stated first, but that's just a preference: To resume from standby mode, tap on the screen. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 14 '18 at 16:19

There are other problems with your example, but "resume from standby" is not only a reasonable phrase, it's actually a term that's used, as you can tell by MS using it. It's not a Microsoft-specific term. It's two terms that have specific uses for computers and other electronics - people know what resume means, even if they haven't come across it with computers, and standby is well-known since we first got TVs with remote controls.

This is both formal and widely-understood. In some circumstances you might not need to bother with from standby, but including it is more formal.

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