Typing text in the Windows Phone 7 emulator when developing apps can be frustrating, especially when you’ve got that nice, big keyboard in front of you. But, there is an easy way to activate the host keyboard as text input.
- Activate host keyboard – Page Up or Pause
- Deactivate host keyboard – Page Down or Pause
Note: changing keyboard while a textbox is active does not immediately reflect the change. E.g. if you’re typing with the host keyboard and press Pause, you have to deactivate the textbox and start editing it again to get the emulator keyboard to appear.
More about the emulator keyboard can be found on the MSDN pages: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff754352(v=VS.92).aspx
I also have to mention that F9/F10 can be used for controlling audio volume. Focus has to be inside the screen – just clicking the frame of the emulator is not enough.