Most of the time spent developing your app will be spent debugging in the Windows Phone Emulator, not actual hardware. Unless you are using a machine with a touch screen, there are certain actions that aren’t as easy to accomplish with a mouse, or even unintuitive.

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Below are some surefire keyboard shortcuts to make debugging in the emulator much more enjoyable. I personally suggest learning how to enable using your physical keyboard, so you don’t have to peck on the on-screen keyboard with the mouse!

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 used.
F5
Not used.
F6
Camera half press
A dedicated camera button that is pressed halfway.
F7
Camera full press
A dedicated camera button.
F8
Not used.
F9
VOLUME UP
F10
VOLUME DOWN
F11
Not used.
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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