How to use the computer keyboard with the emulator for Windows Phone 8

This topic describes how to use the keyboard with Windows Phone Emulator. The emulator supports mapping of the hardware keyboard on your development computer to the keyboard on a Windows Phone. The behavior of the keys is the same as on a Windows Phone device.

By default, the hardware keyboard is not enabled. This implementation is equivalent to a sliding keyboard that must be deployed before you can use it. Before you enable the hardware keyboard, the emulator accepts key input only from the control keys.

Special characters on the keyboard of a localized version of a Windows development computer are not supported by the emulator. To enter special characters that are present on a localized keyboard, use the Software Input Panel (SIP) instead.

This topic contains the following sections.

To enable the hardware keyboard in the emulator

  • Press the PAGE UP key.

    - or -

  • Press the PAUSE/BREAK key.

To disable the hardware keyboard in the emulator

  • Press the PAGE DOWN key.

    - or -

  • Press the PAUSE/BREAK key.

The following table lists the keys on a hardware keyboard that you can use to emulate the buttons and other controls on a Windows Phone device.

Computer hardware key

Windows Phone hardware button

Notes

F1

BACK

Long presses work as expected.

F2

START

Long presses work as expected.

F3

SEARCH

F4

Not applicable.

F5

Not applicable.

F6

CAMERA HALF

A dedicated camera button that is pressed halfway.

F7

CAMERA FULL

A dedicated camera button.

F8

Not applicable.

F9

VOLUME UP

F10

VOLUME DOWN

F11

Not applicable.

F12

POWER

Press the F12 key twice to enable the lock screen.

Long presses work as expected.

ESC

BACK

Long presses work as expected.

PAUSE/BREAK

Toggle Keyboard

Toggles the hardware keyboard.

PAGE UP

Keyboard Up

Enables the hardware keyboard.

PAGE DOWN

Keyboard Down

Disables the hardware keyboard.

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