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Here are some tips and tricks I have found on the net and by myself:

Launching your application in the unlocked emulator

The folks at xda-developers.com have released the unlocked emulator of the 6414 build a few hours after it became available in the updated Beta developer tools. To get the unlocked emulator, see this forum thread.

To launch your own app in the unlocked emulator, all you have to do is start the unlocked emulator, and THEN start your app from Visual Studio / Blend. Couldn’t be easier!

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Listening to the emulated radio

To access the radio, go to the Music / Videos (Zune) Hub. The emulator warns that you should connect a headphone as that acts as an antenna, but then plays the short audio loops anyway… It is a nice touch, that every “radio station” has different music playing

Shortcut keys

The emulator has a number of shortcut keys that are good to know about:

  • The hardware keyboard can be toggled by pressing the Pause key, or opened / closed via the Page Up / Page Down key. The hardware keyboard closes the software one, so you can only use on at a time. When the hardware keyboard is open, a little icon is displayed on the top of the screen:

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In some applications, this icon changes to indicate the current keyboard layout:

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  • F1 on the keyboard equals to pressing the back button on the phone.
  • Pressing the F2 or the Windows key while the emulator has focus acts as if the phone’s Windows key was pressed. Continuously pressing it for a while brings up the voice command / search interface.

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  • F3 works as the third physical button on the phone, bring up the Bing search.
  • F7 is wired to the physical camera button. By the way, is it just me, or do others also think that in portrait mode, the exposure button looks like an ugly skull looking down? If you take a picture, you can later find it in the camera roll. Unfortunately, the emulator is not taking picture from your webcam, you can only snap a small rectangle that moves around the screen… oh well…

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  • F9 and F10 raise and lower the volume. Pressing these brings up an interesting piece of UI, for controlling the currently playing music or radio, and switching the phone to vibrate.

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  • F11 acts as the play / pause button. It is interesting that such a button is in the emulator as this button is not a required hardware button for WP7.

I hope you found something useful in this list… let me know if you have more tricks! Especially if you can get some songs into the emulator’s music library…


Posted Jul 19 2010, 11:42 PM by vbandi
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Laszlo wrote re: Windows Phone 7 Emulator tips and tricks
on Tue, Jul 20 2010 0:27

It is not necessary to launch the emulator outside of Visual Studio. There is an easier (and more convinient way) to do that:

1. Rename your unlocked image to WM70C1.bin

2. Overwrite (or ".bak-ize" your original locked image for later use) the emulator image file, you can find it here:

"c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70C1.bin"

After you copyed and replaced the original emulator image file, it will just work as is. The special DevTools Beta parameter (the magic /VMID {E575DA31-FC47-4766-853F-018D823B9EE6}) will be passed in by Visual Studio automatically, so no worries about that.

Anyway, if you would like to launch the emulator image standalon, you can do that, just create a .bat file with this row in it (supposing you have done the previous steps):

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\1.0\XDE.exe" "c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70C1.bin" /VMID {E575DA31-FC47-4766-853F-018D823B9EE6}

That's all folks!

Laszlo wrote re: Windows Phone 7 Emulator tips and tricks
on Tue, Jul 20 2010 1:20

One more trick: you can rearrange the Tiles on your main screen: press and hold the left mouse button for a while, and tehre you go: drag-n-drop sort. With the small pin you can remove the Tile too. To add any tile back, go to the extended menu (with the small white arron in the tip-right corner), and then perss and hold on the app you want to have as a Tile on the Main Screen, and in the appearing contect menu select pin to start. Simple.

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Interesting! Thanks for sharing Shortcut keys.

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The F11 button is most likely emulating an in-line headphones button that pauses music and answers incoming phone calls. If you double-tap the button it'll skip to the next track just like an iPhone.

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