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Garmin GPS

Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas

for the Garmin nüvi (nuvi) GPS (and others)

Lots Of Things You Didn't Know

[many ideas may also apply to various nüvi 200, 300, 500, 600, 700,
800, 2X5, 7X5, 8X5, 1200, 1300, 1400, 2200, 2300, 2400, 3700 series units,
the nüvi 1690, nüLink! 1695 & nüvi 5000
and possibly
other Garmin road GPSs.
A nüvi 650 was originally used for initial testing.
As of 12/12/08 a nüvi 755T is also being used for testing.
As of 01/27/11 a nüvi 3790LMT will be used for major testing
A smaller separate section for 7X5/8X5 devices has been established.
Other articles may be updated, where necessary, to include 7X5/8X5 instructions.]

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- I Walk (Drive) The 'Straight' Line

( click for sound)

e mostly use our nüvis when traveling roads, which, of course, are usually not totally straight.

However, there are 'straight' aspects of our GPSrs


The first one you come in contact with, but may not be totally aware of, is when you search for a 'Where to?' in most of the presented categories. You probably see a listing of waypoints of one type or another in a menu. A 'distance to' is presented at this time. This number is
NOT a road distance but a straight line distance* from the vehicle point to the destination.

*not quite a straight line distance -- but I'll explain later

This number is different from the navigation's distance if you used the device's suggested road paths.

For example, if my vehicle was located in the heart of Philadelphia, PA (I stopped off for a cheese steak sandwich) and I did a 'Where to?' search for the 'City' of Los Angeles CA, my GPS would tell me that the distance was 2394 miles. But if I set my nüvi to guide me from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, the road miles would be reflected as 2726 miles - a 332 mile difference.

Straight distance line. But notice the curve. Hmmm.*

Garmin programmed route from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.


A second straight line occurrence might be if you programmed your nüvi to take you to a waypoint that wasn't on or very near a road. Your nüvi would program road directions to the closest 'road' point to your waypoint and then draw a straight line to your waypoint. I talked about this in my previous 'Fishing Hole' articles.

- Ye Ol' Fishing Hole -- A Place You Know

- Ye New Fishin' Hole -- You've Never Been There

Notice how the path makes an angle to
the road and creates a straight line
to the destination fishing hole.


Unfortunately the scope of this area is quite involved as it depends upon which model nüvi one owns -- if it has features such as 'Garmin NüRoute™', 'Garmin Locate™', and 'Where am I?'. I intend to write a separate article concerning finding your parked car with various GPS units with hopes of explaining techniques and important work-arounds for those devices that may not have the newer features (or even how to by-pass those newer features when they don't meet your purpose.) There can be some 'straight line aspects' to the techniques, thus the inclusion of the all too short mention in this article. But be advised, sometimes certain nüvis don't want to present you with a straight line.






Most of the road type (nüvi) GPS users don't use this feature often but sometimes it has a useful purpose. Of course hikers, boaters, skiers, skier rescue teams, mountain climbers, mountain climber rescue teams, geo-cachers, surveyors, map makers, mountain bikers, mountain bikers rescue teams, explorers, woodland fire fighters, treasure hunters, archers, and Swiss dairy farmers use 'straight line' GPS geometry all the time -- but they usually employ different GPS units than our beloved nüvi units.

Still there are those who take their vehicles off road to the desert (Ex: Mojave), to sand dunes (Ex: North Carolina Outer Banks and some California beaches), and to the wilderness (Ex: all of Montana.)

Since I very rarely do any of the above, I do not have the necessary experience to be an expert. It has been years since I have milked cows in the Swiss Alps.

One can set their nüvis to an
OFF ROAD setting which results in the route displayed, instead of following the zig-zag of the available roads, making a bee-line straight plot* from point A to point B. There may be a variety of purposes for knowing this straight line. Which direction to drive might be handy for someone Off-Road -- especially which direction to drive to return to the road after having been discombobulated in the desert after a 'Burning Man' gathering in Nevada. One might need to know which direction to point their outdoor TV antenna (if you are still using one) to the station's tower for improved reception.

I personally use it to determine the course and distance to the next port when on a cruise ship. It is quite impressive to people at the pool when you tell them what course you are on, that you are sailing at 23 mph, that you are 300 miles from The Bahamas and will reach port at 8 in the morning. They think that I am the Captain's assistant (my sailor suit doesn't hurt that impression.) Usually cruise ships, when out at sea, travel in straight lines -- unless of course they are forced to take zig-zag evasion maneuvers when enemy submarines or Somali pirates are in the neighborhood.

Now setting your
OFF ROAD condition to produce a straight line route may be different depending on the nüvi you use. In some of the newer nüvis, such as my 3790LMT, the Off Road setting can be found deeply buried here:

Main Screen > Tools > Settings > Navigation > Automobile > nuRoute > Calculation Mode > Off Road

[also some others including the series 2200, 2300, 2400]

CAN'T set Off Road during the Pedestrian mode [3790LMT - you will have to test your model to see if this is also true for you.] In addition, if you select Off Road through the Automobile mode and then, crossing your fingers, prepare an A to B route and select 'Walk', your unit will DISREGARD the Off Road selection and route your walk on city streets. So for Off Road straight line route display, you must use the Automobile/Drive setting. Plus, the 3790LMT won't let you walk if the distance is over 3 miles, which to me, seems an unnecessary restriction for those of use who wear New Balance walking shoes.

On other models, Off Road, is found elsewhere. For example, on the series 200, 700, 800, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400 it is found at:

Main Screen > Tools > Settings > Navigation > Off Road

You will have to check your individual unit to ascertain where the Off Road setting is located.


No. Although to our eyes, at relatively short distances, we see the 'straight' lines as straight, the lines are actually large arcs tracing the surface of the earth (a globe).

A true straight line going from point A to point B, where the two points are pretty far apart would burrow into the ground before it emerges to reaches its final destination. The further apart the points the more '
into the ground' the straight line would be buried until, when the points are on the exact opposite side of the earth, it would pass through the center of the earth to emerge on the other side -- some 7900 to 7926 straight miles away. These points would be known as 'antipoids' -- two points diametrically opposite on the earth, a term often used by Kindergarten students in daily conversation.

Now don't laugh, this straight line pathway through the center of the earth is entirely realistic. I read about it in a book by
Jules Vern and I saw two movies about this pathway; one with Brendan Fraser and one with James Mason.So it is possible.

Remember, as children, we were all told that if we dug a hole in our back yard, and if it was deep enough we would exit in China. This, however, is entirely
not true. In fact, starting from somewhere in any of the 48 contiguous United States, we would end up in the ocean on the other side of the Earth -- and get very wet. [No China Syndrom here.]

Most inhabitable land points on earth have antipoids
in the oceans [71% of the earth is covered by oceans], with some exceptions such as the 180 degree displacement relationship of parts of lower New Zealand to Spain, many parts of lower South America to areas of China, and Hawaii and Botswana. For other places see the interesting Wikipedia article.

Only the green areas have antipoids
[map from Wikipedia]

Now if we didn't have a shovel and were forced to travel on the surface of the Earth from one antipoid to it's match on the other side of the globe, we would have to travel 1/2 the circumference of the Earth, or approximately 12,450 miles which is considerably more than the 7900 miles I spoke of earlier. So the lesson learned is -- get yourself a good shovel.

Two Antipoids - Hawaii and Botswana
The Nüvi Path

The Google Map Path

'A' is the same amount of latitude above the Equator as 'B' is below the Equator. Each is 180 degrees longitude apart from each other.


Let's do some 'straight line' experiments, or if you are busy watching '
The View', let me do them for you and display some graphic results. But, if you really want to gain familiarity with the various operations of your GPS, these short 'training exercises' only take moments and will aid you in your better understanding and use of your unit.

[I will be using my 3790LMT unit for these experiments and producing the graphics from it's screen shots. If you have different models, your procedures and results may be slightly different.]

You should have your unit set to
GPS Simulator mode and also have the Off Road turned on.

NOTE: With some units with an Off Road setting you will not be able to start or end at an off road location when trying to Set Location where there are no roads in the area (Ex: the desert, the sea, the mountains). In those cases you will have to establish a coordinate Favorite(s) in order to go from point A to point B.

HINT: Use Google maps or other programs to obtain the coordinates for your nüvi.


1. Short Distance

Let's go from Rapid City SD to Deadwood SD (32 mi)

Set the location of your vehicle to Rapid City SD and then Go to Deadwood SD.

Pretty straight 'Off Road' line.

Did you do it? Do you know how to Set Location of a vehicle? I've discussed it many times in earlier articles. It is a very useful procedure that you should know.

2. Long Distance

(Previously displayed) Let's Go from Philadelphia PA to Los Angeles CA (2394 mi)

Why is the line curved? As mentioned before the 'straight' path is following the curvature of the earth, but the map you see on your GPSr is a flat map [a Mercator projection (a cylindrical projection)] that does not follow the curvature of the earth at all latitudes. So when one system is reflected on the other, a curved line appears instead of a straight line. [Due to the fact that the latitudes on this type of map are not equidistant apart.]

[More on map projections for the scientists among you.]

3. Other side of Earth (Garmin)

Now it's your turn to map an antipoid. Your results will be similar to the 4 photos that I have previously shown. Go from Honolulu, HI to Maun, Botswana (BWA). You will have to zoom out and scroll the screen to see your results. Use Cities to find the map location of Honolulu and Set Location there. Then using Cities again, Go to Maun, BWA (use Spelling).

4. Sea to shore

For this one you will pretend that you are on a cruise ship in the Caribbean going to Nassau, Bahamas. You will have to set your location at sea, but your nüvi won't let you do that since it wants to be on a road. You will have to make a coordinate pair and set your location there. For this example, let's use [ N 26.42631, W 077.99744 ] (off the coast of Grand Bahama) and do a Set Location there. Then Go to the Nassau City dock some 101 miles away we are told.

If we were really out to sea on a cruise ship we wouldn't have to have set our location as the GPS knows where we were. We only would have to 'Go' to Nassau to reveal the 'straight line' map, the miles to go, the ship's speed, and the arrival time (if we have those settings showing.)

5. Desert to Las Vegas

Now we are going to simulate [remember we are NOT there, we are in Simulation Mode] that we are lost in the desert. We have taken our dune buggy out for a ride and have spun around too many sand dunes and don't know our way back to our starting point -- Las Vegas.

Again, as in the sea example, we are unable to set an 'off road' location route back to our hotel -- Bellagio, of course -- do to the fact that we are in the Boonies and there are no real roads around other than one with a small 'Hoffa Lane' road sign. So we will have to use some coordinates for this experiment. Use: [ N 36.65355, W 114.38896 ]. Set Location there. Then Go to the Bellagio some 59 'straight' miles ahead.


In reality though, if you were heading into an off road area where there are no roads at all, when you leave the highway you should mark that spot with your GPS so that you could find that road spot again while in Off Road mode. Then, when returning there, switch to 'Faster Time' (or whatever) and use real road directions rather than the Off Road straight line to your destination. The fountains and the casino await you.


-- In Case You Missed All The Others

There are some major topics of which not only do I get asked about frequently, but appear time after time in various Group, Bulletin Boards and Forums. One of those topics is regarding 'coordinates' -- from your nüvi.

If you have been following my information, discussion and training blogs over the years you have seen the 'coordinate' topic presented many times -- with a variety of approaches. If not, and you haven't used the various menu structures or the available search engine for this blog site, I will resurrect the topic, at least part of it, in a slightly different fashion that might aid you in your quest -- but I do invite you to see the other articles which cover additional information and uses of knowing coordinates.

Today I am primarily discussing the multiple methods for you to determine the coordinates of a location --
only using your nüvi.

Be advised that not all nüvis will work the same way. Some of these instructions you will have to slightly alter, depending upon which model you own. For some older models, you may not be able to use the same techniques
OR, FOR SOME OLDER MODELS, you might be able to do things that the newer models can't do.


There are
4 ways of doing this. SURPRISE! We will assume that your nüvi has the feature 'Where Am I?' [Newer models do. The 600 & 300 series and some 200 series don't have this feature. Check your Specs.] So these techniques are 'almost' universal. [Usually, number (1) is the most convenient.]

(1) While in the View Map mode, touch your screen vehicle icon. This will open the 'Where Am I?' window and your present coordinates will soon appear.

(2) From the 'Tools' menu, touch the 'Where Am I?' icon and it's window will open and your present coordinates will soon appear.

(3) From the 'Where To? menu, scroll down and touch the 'Coordinates' icon; your coordinates will appear.
[Use this technique if your unit does not have the 'Where Am I?' feature.]

(4) (
This may vary depending upon your nüvi model) From the Main Screen press and hold your finger on the satellite bars for a few seconds (upper left corner)which will open your 'Acquiring Satellites' screen. The coordinates will appear in an area named 'Location'. If you are using a nüvi such as the 3700 series and you can't read all of the longitude numbers in landscape mode, then simply rotate the unit to portrait mode and the full set of coordinates will be visible. [Don't do this as a driver of a moving car.]


To use your nüvi to find the coordinates of another locations, a location different from where you are at the moment, you need to first place your unit in
'GPS Simulator' mode. Procedures for setting 'GPS Simulator' mode may vary (but not by much) for different models but are pretty close to Tools > Settings > System > GPS Simulator (which you turn on by the method provided.) This will allow you to 'Set Loc' ('Set Location') of your vehicle to another place on the map different from where it really is. However, there are exceptions.

Your more modern nüvi, most of the time, expects your unit to be on some sort of a road. It can run into problems in an off-road area where there are no roads close at hand -- such as a field, park, big shopping area parking lot, on expansive property, on the desert, in the mountains, woods, forests, lakes, rivers, other bodies of water, etc. When called upon to set a location in these type of 'roadless' areas it may do one of three things:

(1) Do nothing

(2) Automatically move the vehicle to the nearest road

(3) Sets the location, if the area is of a certain type (
specs unknown -- but it happens with popular parks, certain lakes, Native American reservations, and certain other 'roadless' areas.) Knowing this, at least you could give it a try to see if the 'Set Location' at the spot you desire, works for your unit.

With some of the newer nüvis, such as the 3700 series -- you can't do that which you could do with some earlier models.

For example, with the 3700 series, if you went into a large field with roads at a distance and you are in 'GPS Simulator' mode, and you touched the screen, you would generally get
NO RESPONSE, even if you have even set your GPSr into OFF ROAD condition.

Sometimes, depending upon how close to the road the point that you are pressing is, the appearing 'balloon box' after your screen press will jump to the nearest road and you could set your location there.

On other occasions, if the field is a major named area, such as some city parks (etc.), a 'balloon box'
WILL appear at the point you pressed, naming the park, and you CAN set your location there even though the nearest road is at a distance.

First -- To Set Your Location (Are you in GPS Simulator mode?)

From either your 'Touch and Drag' map or your 'Browse' map, zoom in and touch the map at the precise point you desire (on newer models this works best if the location is on a road.)

Set your new location by using the 'Set Loc' (Set Location) found either at the bottom of the screen or in the Edit (
press upper left icon on screen) area of the screen.

Second -- OK, your vehicle has moved to a new location. Now just use one of the four methods of finding the coordinates for that new location. [Usually, number (1) is the most convenient.]


(1) While in the View Map mode, touch your screen vehicle icon. This will open the 'Where Am I?' window and your present coordinates will soon appear.

(2) From the 'Tools' menu, touch the 'Where Am I?' icon and it's window will open and your present coordinates will soon appear.

(3) From the 'Where To? menu, scroll down and touch the 'Coordinates' icon; your coordinates will appear.
[Use this technique if your unit does not have the 'Where Am I?' feature.]

(4) (
This may vary depending upon your nüvi model) From the Main Screen press and hold your finger on the satellite bars for a few seconds (upper left corner) which will open your 'Acquiring Satellites' screen. The coordinates will appear in an area named 'Location'. If you are using a nüvi such as the 3700 series and you can't read all of the longitude numbers in landscape mode, then simply rotate the unit to portrait mode and the full set of coordinates will be visible. [Don't do this as a driver of a moving car.]




It would be nice if you could find an Address, Garmin Point of Interest, a Favorite, Intersection, City, or Custom POI from your 'Where To?' menu and immediately read out it's coordinates on your nüvi, but you CAN'T. [Garmin software engineers - please take note.]


However, first put your nüvi in 'GPS Simulator' mode, then do a search in the 'Where To?' area, set your location there, then use one of the 4 techniques described above to discover the coordinates of that location (#1 might be best except for some older nüvi models who should use #3.)

Or, if you really need to move your map for preciseness, touch and drag browse all you want before setting your location and discovering the coordinates using one of the above techniques.


- Adding And Getting Rid Of Your Via Point(s)

Special Note: With SOME of the newer nüvis, there appears to be a more robust algorithm that may eliminate SOME of the missed via point 'nagging' referred to in the below article. I've noticed it with my 3790LMT and someone else has reported it with his 2460LMT -- but there is nothing in print at the Garmin site reflecting this nor is anything written in the manuals (so, what else is new.) I guess the only way the populace will know is from valid user reports. If, however, you are bothered by excessive nagging of a via point, the portion of this article about removing via points will be of particular interest to you.

ith most fairly recent nüvis you can add a 'Via Point' to your A to B route. With some you can only add only one via point, with others you can have a multitude of via points [check your model's capabilities.] This means that if you have programmed an A to B route, you can insert one, maybe more, interim waypoints between the A (starting point) and B (final destination point). Now be advised that this is slightly different than multiple point ROUTES (TRIP PLANNING) that only a few nüvis can accomplish, but in essence, do the same thing.


With units that only permit
ONE via point addition, the techniques for the various models are quite similar. After setting up your initial A/B route, even if you are in the process of traveling, you can go to your Where To? menu, select a destination for your via point, tell your instrument that you want to 'Go' there and that you want to 'Add As A Via Point' or 'Add to Current Route' (depending upon your model), NOT 'Start New Route. This way, your via point will be inserted between your start and finish and your route will be adjusted to go through your via point.

Screens for adding Via Points vary from model to model

Screen for model 755T

Screen for model 3790LMT

You will then travel your route, be alerted when you are approaching your via point, and after you pass very near to it, will be directed to continue to your final destination.

This seems straight forward ...
UNTIL you DON'T pass very near the waypoint.

Just as an example, let's say that you are planning a drive North through Gettysburg PA to visit the well known Kutztown Folk Festival. Although you don't plan to stop, you want to drive buy a certain monument on the historical battlefield. You programmed this monument in as a via point and started your trip. [Please realize that I am fabricating this scenario for the purpose of this example.]

The monument will be located about one half mile on the RIGHT of the main road on which you are traveling -- at the Pickett Road exit. About one mile before you reach the exit there is a big sign saying that the monument has been moved and is now located one half mile on the LEFT of the main road at the same Pickett Road exit. You go left to see the monument. Your nüvi goes ballistic, immediately wanting you to turn around and go the other way to the monument (it doesn't know that the monument has moved.) It keeps on 'Recalculating'.

You drive by the monument (at it's new location) and turn around heading back for the main road. You nüvi suddenly becomes happy because you seem to be driving in the direction of where it thinks the monument is. But when your reach the main road you know that Kutztown is to the left (North) and you make that turn. Again your nüvi goes wild wanting you to make all sorts of turns or U-turns to get you back to that monument. It nags, nags and nags (most units). It won't shut up -- perhaps like Xanthippe, Socrate's wife.

How To Remove A Waypoint -- and Turn Off The Noise

Generally, if you miss a set via point by a certain short distance (some say 98 feet) your unit will begin to nag you to go back and pass close to it first. This is something that you don't want. There are a myriad of reasons for missing a via point such as a change of mind, road detours or changes, incorrect placement of your original via point, etc. So this occurrence will happen quite frequently and you will have to silence the 'nag.' You might even want to eliminate the via point way in advance of reaching it.

With only having one via point the technique is fairly easily accomplished by:

  • Go to main screen and press 'Stop Route' [Stop sign with white 'X']

  • Press Where To? > Recently Found > you will find your final destination towards the top of the list. Select it and press 'Go' [depending upon your unit there may be other choices for you] and your nüvi will direct you from your current position to your final destination. [Note, the nagging halted when you pressed 'Stop Route']


If you have such a unit and are only using one via point inserted in your route, then the above instructions apply.
If you own a unit that only allows the insertion of one via point then the rest of this article does not apply to you but might be interesting for you to know the techniques for your next GPSr purchase.

Multi-Point 'via' Points
[This is NOT Custom Routes or Trip Planning -- which is a different feature to be discussed in a later article.]

Adding via points [
more correctly called -- Adding Points To The Active Route] can also be easily accomplished with units that allow it, but, be warned, that the order of entry (for the majority of nüvis) is highly critical or else your results will not be what you expected.

[This order is required]
1) Starting Point (where your vehicle is currently located.)
2) Ending Point -- your final destination point

3) IMPORTANT -- from here on pay close attention to the order for it will make a difference. The next via point MUST BE THE CLOSEST POINT TO YOUR DESTINATION. Yes, I said Destination

4) When you include a 4th point it must lie between your STARTING POINT and the point above in (3)

5) If you include a 5th point it must lie between your STARTING POINT and the point above in (4)

6) etc.

In other words, you begin with your Starting Point, then your Final Destination ...
and then you work

If you make a mistake, unfortunately, you have to
start all over again. You can't adjust the order of the via points once set -- in most units [I'm not sure about the 2460 model. Being able to add, re-arrange and delete via points, similar to what many can do with their Custom Routes/Trip Planner features would be a great addition.]

How To Remove A Waypoint

As in the single via point example, if you miss a via point, on purpose or not, and you are getting nagged or you just want to remove it, you
CAN'T do it individually [perhaps newer models than my 3790 will permit it.]

As above, you will have to stop the route and reset your destination point and then start adding the interim via points again (minus the ones not needed) from your destination point and progressively working, in order, towards your current position in the manner I described. Fortunately you will have your 'Recently Found' area which will have those points listed near the top.


- Can My Nüvi Tell Me?

Most of us, once we set our nüvis for a destination, know where our nüvis will eventually guide us if we follow the directions.

So there is no real apparent reason to have the nüvi tell us the final destination -- for we already know it ...

John (from a northern state) writes,
"Recently I programmed a Favorite to my 1690 Garmin GPS, selected it as the destination, went outside, contacted the satellites, and let it calculate the travel time, so we would know when to leave. I then turned it off (with the destination still programmed) and gave it to my wife. When she got in the car and turned it on, it immediately started navigating her to a destination. However, she couldn't easily tell if this was the correct destination she wanted."

There did not appear to be an easy way to determine the name of the Favorite to which it was navigating, short of stopping navigation and re-selecting. Is there a way to determine where it is taking you? Just looking at the map may not be enough."

Yes John, there are
several ways for her to see her final destination, without re-setting her trip:

  • Touch the bar at the top of the map (mine is green) and look at the last item on the Turn List that is presented -- that is your final destination.

  • Touch the bar at the top of the map and then press 'Show Map' (with some units you first have to press the Edit [three bars in the upper left corner]). If, as you said, the final destination was a Favorite, then it's name should appear under the destination flag. If the name can't be read, then touch the flag and a balloon should appear with the final destination's name. HINT: it is always handy to name your Favorites in advance.

  • Go to the Main Menu (the red X should be showing indicating that you are on a programmed route), touch 'Where To?' > touch 'Recently Found', the final destination (which was the last entered -- if you haven't used additional via points or have done some other searches) should be at the top of the listing.

  • From the Map Screen touch the upper left corner where the distance to turn indicator (or lane assist) is located then, using the scroll arrow, scroll all the way to the bottom of the list and your final destination will be reflected there.

  • There is another way but it may be too slow, is slightly cumbersome, and you have to go through one of the above methods anyway so I won't discuss it here.

Sorry, John, I don't know if the Mall of America is on her route or not.


- No Computer Allowed

Let's suppose that you are on a trip. You have stopped for breakfast somewhere and still have some 200 miles to go. You find a bunch a travel cards in the lobby of the restaurant for the area that you are about to travel to and decide, during breakfast, to enter some of these locations into your nüvi as Favorites prior to pressing on. Of course you have your nüvi with you as you always remove it from the car when you exit. You are a wise person. You don't have your computer with you so you can't use and outside program such as Google, MapSource, etc. in any way. You are going to just use your nüvi.

You also wish, at the same time
to Edit each new Favorite perhaps changing the name to something more recognizable, adding a phone number, placing it into a specific category, changing the map symbol, or (rare) assigning a photo. [Not all nüvis can do all of these.]


You might select your locations by a number of methods - Addresses, Garmin default Points of Interest [
via Spelling, Food and Drink, Fuel, Transit, Lodging, Shopping, Bank or ATM, Entertainment, Recreation, Attractions, Hospitals, Community, Auto Services], Intersections, Cities, Coordinates or by just Browsing the map and touching.

In order to do this you first placed your nüvi in
GPS Simulation mode for two reasons. The first being that you will save your battery power as your unit won't be searching for satellites while you are indoors. The second being that it is necessary for the work around trick that I am going to have you use.

NORMAL TECHNIQUE* - using one of the above methods you select a location and then 'Save' it as a Favorite. Various models have different techniques to perform a 'Save', but most are similar. On my newer nüvi I first press the three parallel bars in the upper left of the screen and then choose 'Save'. My nüvi then saves the location as a Favorite - AUTOMATICALLY saving it with a name it chooses. I am NOT given, at this time, the opportunity to Edit the Favorite (without taking later additional steps) - for example, changing the name or adding a phone number or map symbol of choice. It would be nice if that when the 'Save' was activated, one was asked if they would like to alter or add allowed information -- but this is not the case. [Garmin, are you reading this?]

* As various nüvi models have different screens and choices, your's may not be exactly the same as presented here for Save, Edit, and Set Location (Set Loc), however you do have those features and they may be only slightly different to what I am writing.


Since you want to edit the Favorite to change the name, add a phone number, change the map symbol, etc., you proceed from the Main Screen --
Where To? > Favorites > All Favorites > Oops!

A listing appears but it starts from where you parked your car at the restaurant in an ever widening circle (
North/East/South/West). Your new Favorite may be way, way down the list and you will have to scroll and scroll to find it -- that is if you remember the name that the nüvi automatically assigned it. Once found then you can activate the Edit screen and add the information you want, but finding it may take time as the new Favorite is 200 miles away and there may be many items before it in the All Favorites listing.


OK, we don't want to have any difficulty in finding the new Favorite on the All Favorites listing.

Follow me on this. Instead of finding the new Favorite and doing a 'Save' immediately, we are going to select the other choice on the menu --
SET LOCATION. Since we are in GPS Simulation mode, remember I had you enter that mode in the beginning of this task, your vehicle will JUMP to the location. NOW you can proceed with your 'Save'.

Since you desire to Edit the entry, you proceed, as before, from the Main Screen --

Where To? > Favorites > All Favorites >
BUT NOW your new Favorite is at the top of the listing - no scrolling screen after screen is necessary. You choose it and edit the entry and contents as you desire; quickly and easily.


The reason this happens is obvious. Because you 'jumped' your vehicle to that spot of the Favorite with your 'Set Location' the closest Favorite
IS your new Favorite.

You continue this technique with each of the new Favorites, jumping your car to the location
BEFORE you do your 'Save' and the location will appear at the top of the All Favorites screen, readily available for you to choose and edit.


- How It Effects You And This Blog

My first Garmin auto GPS was a school looking prism shaped instrument named the GPSIII+. It was very expensive and I really loved it. If you moved from region to region you had to load in regional maps from MapSource as the GPS's memory was limited. No color here, no sound, no fancy icons, no large screen, no sshirt pocket size; a folding antenna, and lots of buttons to press -- but it was a miracle for the road.

I followed this with a Garmin Street Pilot 2610, a big hunk of equipment, but it offered many more improvements -- less outside buttons, a larger color screen. The GPS technology was improving and the price was dropping. The manner of operation was different so I had to learn something new to use it.

As better minimization evolved, Garmin seemed to settle on compact designs and operating systems that held for many years. I jumped in to this newer technology with my purchase of a 250W, then a 650, a 755T, and finally a 3790LMT which, when I acquired it, was touted by Garmin as 'the top of the line.' This is the instrument that I currently use and enjoy.

It seemed that each advancing model was pretty much similar except for a few features being added as the costs climbed. Operation, menus, were the same or similar. This meant that while writing this 'Help Blog' over the past 5 years, most of the instructions would apply to the majority of the user owned Garmin GPSs so that ALL users could easily follow the instructions posted here with the exception of those instructions that pertained to some features that they didn't have on their units. Menus were pretty much the same. Secret screen presses were the same or similar. Users could easily cope with the small differences in the various units and profit by my offered Tricks and Tips help instructions in a step-by-step manner.

THEN the field of GPS took off and there was a lot of brand competition. To meet the challenge, Garmin started to produce the 'model of the week' (I'm exaggerating here) and retired many of their series (Ex: 3XX, 6XX, 7XX, 8XX) and started producing models in the 34XX, 35XX, 22XX, 23XX, 24XX, 25XX, 11XX, 12XX, 13XX, 14XX, 16XX, 2XX, 5XX, 3X, 4X, and 5X series. So now there is a great mixture of Garmin GPSs on the road -- new and old.

With some of the new models, features that were present in the older models were eliminated, menu layouts and even icon names were changed, secret pressure points were altered. At the same time, some improvements were added to the less expensive models that even the more costly units of 'yester-moment' didn't have.

So currently there is a hodge-podge of Garmin GPS units, many operating slightly different from the next.

In writing this Help Blog and providing instructions, I personally test all steps with the units I own so that there is no assuming and no guessing. I provide detailed techniques in easy language so that you can be assured, if you follow the steps, you will have the proper results.

With all the changes of the units, some of these steps, although working well with my units, might be different for your new unit. Since I don't have
YOUR unit to use as a bench mark, the writings might not be exactly what you would have to do via your GPS menus.

Fortunately, they may be close enough that you can easily figure them out for your application since I tend to explain the reasons for doing what I am suggesting so that you can accomplish what you want.

Unfortunately, the Garmin Quick Start Manuals, the On-Line Manuals, their on line 'Help, FAQ, and Support' areas may not be enough for you.

There are lots of Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets & Ideas that go beyond what is summarily offered that can aid you. This website is designed specifically for that.

If some instructions don't quite match what your unit's screens are reflecting, know that you probably have a new unit rather than the ones that were used for testing, and see if you can figure out the (probably) slight differences so that you can be successful.

However, many topics, such as using Custom POIs (Extras) may not have changed much at all as they may not be particularly unit dependent, so don't shy away from those areas. You can greatly profit by reading the techniques and hints there.

Also, if with a new unit, you can identify a procedure that is slightly different, please write it up and I will append it to the original article using your name and identifying the unit. Please be accurate in your writing, follow the format of the original article (makes things easier for the mass of readers that own a variety of units) and test and re-test so that you are correct in what you write beyond a doubt as I will not have any way to test at this end -- since I don't have your unit in hand.

Also if you care to write a full article and contribute it to this blog, please feel free and I will publish it with your bi-line for the many readers.

There is always something here for everyone. Perhaps an article reminding you of a technique you have long forgotten but can put to good use -- today.



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