Documentation for Windows Phone Developer Tools
By on February 4th, 2011

The documentation for the Window Phone Developer Tools (WPDT) is now available for viewing offline and is accessible from within the Visual Studio. Installing Offline Documentation

1. In Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, click on HelpManage Help Settings.

2. In the Help Library Manager, click Install content from online.
Offline Documentation 1

3. Scroll to the bottom and click Add for Windows Phone Development.
Offline Documentation 2

4. Click Update. After installing the documentation you can access it by going to Help > View Help.

If you are directed to the online version, you will need to change the setting to point to offline docs in the Help Library Manager by clicking on Choose online or local help.

Improving the Experience
By default, Visual Studio 2010 provides an in-browser experience, which is a redesign from previous versions. For an improved experience, you can install the Help Viewer Power Tool (Beta) which will add indexing, search and an out-of-browser experience.

Offline Documentation 3

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  • http://vipultaneja.com Vipul Taneja

    Simple steps.. Though i knew them but good for newbie :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/samajshekhar Samaj Shekhar

    Thanx.. i never checked if help Docs were available for offline viewing. i usually reverted to MSDN

    • http://www.baxiabhishek.info Abhishek Baxi

      I always prefer offline documentation, since the early days of Visual Studio. As much as I try and want, there are times when I’m offline.

      Plus the Help Viewer tool is very intuitive than reading on the Web.

 
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