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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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SHOULD I BUY A NUVI WITH ROUTE CAPABILITY?
- A Poster Wanted To Know

[{Editor comments in green} Paul had posed a question on one of the major nüvi forums asking if he should buy a nüvi with route capability -- his old GPS had Petered out. He received this interesting response from one of the forum readers.]


Paul,

The idea of routes is great --
IF THEY WORKED THE WAY YOU EXPECT THEM TO WORK. But, unfortunately in some cases, they don't.

I'm, of course not talking about just going from destination A to B, nor really through one via point that you have carefully set so that your vehicle rolls over it (or within 50 to 100 feet) -- I am talking about multiple via (or waypoint) routes that you may have established by auxiliary programs (MapSource, MapQuest, etc.).


Some major problems are:

(1) Your unit must be of a model that accepts these types of routes -- all don't.

[In the nüvi series, only the 500, 700, 800 and 1400 1690s, 2200, 2300, 2400, 3700 series and 5000 have 'route planning' capability. Some of the newer and older nüvis don't - the 200, 300, 600, 1200 and 1300 nüvi series DO NOT have 'route planning' capabilites.]


(2) Your Garmin nüvi, might, on its own, guide you by a
DIFFERENT ROUTE than you had planned.

[See articles : CREATING ROUTES ON YOUR GARMIN - Using MapQuest May Make It Easy, and the newer article, MAPQUEST IMPROVES SOFTWARE - Route Setting For Your Nüvi Now Even Easier.


(3) You have to be very careful about setting your waypoint -- it must be such that your car will pass very close to the coordinates.

[Most, if not all (I haven't tested all) Garmin nüvi models want you to reach a point somewhere between 50 to 100 feet of the coordinates of the waypoint before it will recognize that you have reached the waypoint.]

 

(4) During the trip you may have gone off route, perhaps to get some food, and by passed a via (or route) point and your Garmin will NAG AND NAG AND NAG YOU to go back and pass through it --it wants to touch all bases or it won't leave you alone.

(5) Negating the above, by turning off the original route destroys your planned route set-up and you have to resort to a 'via point by via point' journey.

(6) You may forget to use the Garmin 'Import Route From File' feature for your uploaded route or may have even let Garmin 'Optimally Reorder Points' -- which may or may not be what you want.

[The 'Import Route From File' feature is found at Where To? > Custom Routes menu. If you want to 'Manually Reorder Points' instead of letting your nüvi 'Optimally Reorder Points', the feature is found in the Edit area of your route in Custom Routes area.]


There may be other reasons
NOT TO USE THIS TYPE OF ROUTE. Having said all that, there are some that use routes --and love them. I remember one motorcycle rider that uses them all the time but he apparently passes through each selected waypoint of the route. I don't know what happens to him if he doesn't pass through the set point, or even if he has a nüvi -- he may be using a Zumo, with which I am not familiar. For him, and others, this is the way to go.


If the units were designed so that you can miss a waypoint of the route, receive the nag, turn off the nag and the unit will direct you through the next waypoint up to your final destination with a minimum of activity required on your part -- life would be easier. There may be a way, but at this moment, I don't know of it with a
nüvi.


Would I purchase a nüvi with route capabilities again? My answer is
YES. Routes, even though you may stray from them on a trip can be excellent when used to plan a trip and then let you find slight variations of interest -- before you leave on your journey.

[One workaround that I use is that just before leaving on a trip I make all my via points Favorites and do a 'Where To ?' on each one (no need to do a 'Go'). This will register each one in the 'Recently Found' area at the top of the list. I start with the furthest one first so that the nearest one will be at the top of the list. When I start a trip, my destination will be to the first selection. If I miss it because I decided to take an unplanned, but acceptable, detour, all I have to do is perform another 'Where To?' to the next place on the list and from the point at which I am, I will be correctly directed to the new choice (skipping the previous (missed point) all together). We can say that this technique just consists of going from one point to another and if we miss the second, no problem, just set our unit to go to the third, etc.]

[Now if you don't want to trust the 'Recently Found' area (because the mileage there is not necessary listed by closest first, you can do an adaptation of my '
THE IDENTIFIER (The ZZ Technique)' discussed in my article 'YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS MORE THAN ONE VIA POINT AVAILABLE - Sort of ...' Using that technique, I make each via point on the route a Favorite and give them a unique prefix identifier (such as ZZ. EX: ZZBaltimore Restaurant and ZZPhilly Monument, etc.) When I start my trip I do a Where To? > Favorites > All Favorites > Spell, Type 'ZZ' > Done and all my ZZ trip waypoints, arranged by DISTANCE from my current position, will appear. I select the one I want (usually at the top) and when I reach it, or pass near it, I do the same thing again, choosing the next, and am taken to it. Since the prefaced ZZs are showing when I use this technique, I am not confused by any others appearing.]

[There are still additional ways using Custom POI's but I won't cover them here as there are more steps involved -- but to an advanced user they might be useful.]

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NEW GOOGLE FEATURES FOR LATITUDE & LONGITUDE
- LatLng Tooltip And Marker Can Be Of Great Aid

Google doesn't stand still. It is constantly adding new features, including to it's
maps.google.com area.

Among the latest are two featured tools that easily deliver latitude and longitude numbers in the degree/decimal format -- LatLng Tooltip and LatLng Marker.

Both are found in the 'New' section which opens up Google Maps Labs  (described by Google as "...a testing ground for experimental features that  aren't quite ready for prime time. They may change, break or disappear at any time."

When enabled,
LatLng Tooltip will always show the current latitude and longitude of the Google hand cursor on the map in a small box beneath the cursor hand - travels and changes with the hand.

When enabled,
LatLng Marker will paste a small box containing the latitude and longitude on the map, where it remains. You can paste a number of these boxes on your map. Of extra benefit, the numbers in the boxes can be highlighted, copied and pasted elsewhere if you desire. That can't be done with the aforementioned LatLng Tooltip. This can be a great feature to use if you are preparing Custom POI files. [Remember to reverse the order as Garmin wants longitude first, then latitude.]

To activate the LastLng Marker you place your cursor where you want and then right click your mouse, choosing
'Drop LatLng Marker' from the menu. The box, containing the appropriate latitude and longitude will be pasted at the cursor position.

To enable either of these features you must first click on the 'New!' button in the menu at the top of the page. Now find either or both of the two items in the listing and select 'Enable' -- then go to the bottom of the listing and select 'Save Changes'.

You can Enable and Disable whenever you want.

You will also find some other tools that you might also find useful in the appearing list. Have fun experimenting. You can't hurt anything.

IMPORTANT: You might think that once you determined the coordinates of a spot, say on a road, swiped it and then re-plugged it into the location box of Google Maps and selected 'Search Maps' an identifying 'flag' will appear at that very spot. THIS MAY NOT HAPPEN as Google Maps will try and find an address at which to paste the flag and it may not be at the place where you selected the coordinates.

HOME EXPERIMENT OF PROOF

In Google Maps find a field, baseball diamond or soccer field in your neighborhood and find the coordinates via the LatLng Tooltip or LatLng Marker.

Type (or place) these coordinates in the  Location Box and select 'Search Maps'.

Notice that the Google placed location flag
IS NOT at the spot you choose.


RECOMMENDATION: Because of the above, just use the coordinates that you have chosen for direct entry into your Garmin nüvi or use them in your preparation of Custom POI .csv and .gpx files.

By the way, the  Google 'My Maps' tools 'GPS Location' and 'Position Finder ' which also can reveal coordinates, continue to work as discussed in several previous articles. 

 

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THE GARMIN 3700 SERIES
- Thin Is In

Today Garmin announced the forthcoming nüvi 3700 series which is due out after FCC approval. The series consists of three models with MSRP ranging from $349.99 to $449.99 --


nüvi® 3750

Ultra-thin navigator with nüRoute™ technology
nüRoute™ technology, multi-touch glass display, lane assist with junction view, widescreen, preloaded street maps for North America, optional FM lifetime traffic, speaks street names, Where am I?, photo navigation, ecoRoute™, pedestrian navigation options

nüvi® 3760T

Ultra-thin navigator with nüRoute™ technology
nüRoute™ technology, multi-touch glass display, lane assist with junction view, Bluetooth® wireless, FM lifetime traffic, widescreen, preloaded street maps for North America, speaks street names, Where am I?, photo navigation, ecoRoute™, pedestrian navigation options

nüvi® 3790T

Ultra-thin navigator with nüRoute™ technology
speech recognition, nüRoute™ technology, 3-D terrain view, multi-touch glass display, lane assist with junction view, Bluetooth® wireless, FM lifetime traffic, widescreen, preloaded street maps for North America, speaks street names, Where am I?, photo navigation, ecoRoute™, pedestrian navigation options


Notice that all have the nüRoute™ technology and most other standard features including the new the new multi-touch display, but the 3760T and 3790T add FM lifetime traffic and Bluetooth® wireless (optional in the 3750) and the 3790T goes further by adding Speech Recognition (like the 800 series), and 3-D terrain view.

I haven't seen any of these models, let alone test one -- it is too early, but there is extensive pre-release publicity and writings in which you might be interested -- I know that I was.

You can read about it yourself using some of the following links that I am providing plus links that you discover yourself via searching the major search engines.

Garmin's 3750 Features and Specs

Garmin's 3760T Features and Specs

Garmin's 3790T Features and Specs

Garmin News 3700 Series (with video)

GPS Track Log - Article

GPS Review Net - Article

GPSNews.org - Articles (if not on opening page, search by series or model numbers)

Multi-Touch Display w/zoom (Video)

I am highly interested in this series, especially the 3790T which has voice activation, a feature which I don't currently enjoy and one that I feel the GPS of the future (although the 800 series has it already) will fully incorporate as more and more states pass laws concerning 'in vehicle distractions.'

Although Garmin claims an 'up to' 4 hour battery life, if past experience proves me right, this will be an unobtainable goal for the average user. Also, how easy is it to change the battery? Does one have to send the unit back to Garmin? With the 800 series it is easy, but with the other series it can be difficult for the average user. Garmin talks about using the 3700 series in pedestrian mode (pedestrian navigation feature) -- so is it safe to assume that the battery life, off car mount, would be as advertised? And it is a shame that none of the units are geocaching friendly. Is that due to battery life or the designs of the units?

I want to discover more about the nüRoute™ technology, the trafficTrends™ and myTrends™ features. I like the idea of how the units can learn from your driving habits and predict where you are going. This would be a boon for the daily work commuter. How much better is the 800x480 pixel screen? I like it being made of glass. What does the improved 3D building display and terrain view look like? The multi-touch screen -- can those features be voice activated? How much pinching, one and two finger dragging, and other multi-touch maneuvers do you want to be doing -- while you are driving?

Although the units now allow 100 routes, I would like to know if the algorithms have changed to allow you to do a partial of a route (or pick up a route in the middle) in case you miss one of the waypoints -- a real 'nagging' problem now.


The idea of the extra speaker housed in the 'active mount' appears to have appeal. Although I have never had speaker volume problems in my vehicle, many reported that their various units lacked sufficient volume. Perhaps these units have solved the problem and provide a louder, clearer sound. I can't determine if the extra speaker is mount amplified or not.

I'm wondering about how bendable is the new very thin .35" -- is it fragile? The optional cityXplorer™ maps (for pedestrian mode) are ~$10 each. If you travel extensively that could be expensive in the long run.

I have a lot of questions, but it will be fun discovering the answers.

Note: the Garmin nüvi nomenclature has skipped from model 1690 to model 3750. What happened to all those available model number in between? Will I soon read about a nüvi 2000 series? I don't know!

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COORDINATES, AGAIN
- People Still Ask


Several were recently asking on various Forum groups about determining coordinates on their nüvis. One was mentioning that the technique was very confusing for him -- even with several long phone calls with Garmin representatives for assistance.

I have written about this several times in
previous articles, but I will present it again with a different approach to possibly help new readers or give you a new slant on the techniques.

I. COORDINATES OF YOUR CURRENT POSITION

Units With The Where Am I? Feature
Series: 7X5, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1600, 3700; Model 500, 855; Discontinued series: 700; Discontinued models: 285WT, 850, 880, 885T, 5000 [all as of this writing]

  • Technique 1: If you have a 'fairly' recent nüvi model that is equipped with the 'Where Am I?' feature and your map is showing your current vehicle position (you are in normal driving mode), all you have to do is to touch the vehicle icon and the 'Where Am I?' screen appears giving you your PRESENT coordinates.

  • Technique 2: A second slightly more involved technique is to Press Menu > Tools > Where Am I? and the same screen will appear, presenting you with your PRESENT coordinates.


The Where Am I? Screen

There are other techniques (one involves the Satellite Screen and the other involves the Coordinates Screen) but the two above are the easiest if you have the Where Am I? feature.

Units Without The Where Am I? Feature
Discontinued models 200, 200W, 250, 260, 270
Discontinued series: 300, 600

  • Technique 1: From your View Map, Touch the vehicle icon; the coordinates will appear in the 'My Locations' area

  • Technique 2: From your View Map, Touch Menu (to get to the Main Menu) > Press and hold for 5 to 10 seconds the Satellite Bars (upper left of screen); the coordinates will appear on the Satellite Screen [300 and 600 series; just touch the Satellite Bars]


    Technique 3
    From your View Map, Touch Menu (to get to the Main Menu) > Where To? > Coordinates; the coordinates will be listed.


II. COORDINATES OF A NON-CURRENT POSITION

As the information you seek here is not associated with your
current position, your unit must be in the 'GPS Simulation' mode so that you will be able to accomplish the required 'Set Loc.".

To place your unit into a GPS Simulator mode:


With the 300 and 600 series (those with swing-up antenna, for example) this is easy -- just keep your swing-up antenna
down.

Antenna down please


With the other units you accomplish this by:
From the Main Menu: Tools > Settings > System > Toggle GPS Simulator to 'On' position > OK > then Back to Main Menu [or Tools > System > Simulator 'On' > OK then Back to the Main Menu] (depending upon your unit.)


Another difference in nüvi models that you will have to consider [remember you must be in GPS simulation mode:

  • [X TYPES] Some models allow the 'Set Loc.' to appear when you press the Select Map of a location [Ex: 7X5 series] [X TYPES allow for an easier technique] [Aqua Box Area Below]

  • [Y TYPES] Some models ONLY allow the 'Set Loc.' to appear when you are in the View Map using a 'Go' route, after you 'Tap the Map Screen' [Ex: 600 series] [with these Y TYPES the technique is a little more complex -- so you'll have to read on.] [Yellow Box Area Below (you can probably skip the Aqua Box Area Below)]


X OR Y?

[To Test For Which Type You Have: From Main Menu:


Press 'Where To?' > Favorites > Select any Favorite > Select Map > If 'Set Loc.' appears at the bottom of the screen, you have an X TYPE -- if not, you have a Y TYPE.]

Just experiment with your model to see which 'TYPE' applies [ X or Y ] so you know which of the following directions to follow -- Aqua Box or Yellow Box.

X-TYPE (HAS SET LOC.)

Y-TYPE (NO SET LOC.)


For What Type Of Location Are You Determining The Coordinates -- Stored Location Or New Place?

You will either be determining the coordinates of a
location you have stored in your Garmin such as an included Garmin POI, a Favorite that you have established, or a Custom POI which you have loaded (really you already know the coordinates of the Custom POI as it is reflected in your .csv or .gpx file that you have prepared or downloaded from a source -- however, if you don't have your computer handy to look them up, you still can use the Garmin to tell you.)

OR

A
location on the map that is not yet identified as one of the three categories above or maybe an address, intersection, city, etc. Or maybe a point to which you are going to find by scrolling the map.

X TYPE UNITS

(Remember you should be in GPS Simulation mode)


STORED LOCATION

First, access your stored location:

From the Main Menu:
Select Where To? > Then either Address, Points of Interest, Recently Found, Favorites, Intersections, Extras, (where available on your unit and which will contain the waypoint in which you are interested) [for the purpose of this exercise we will call this the 'Choice Screen']

Select the waypoint (For example, if you are experimenting along with your reading {highly suggested}, select one of your Favorites)

Touch 'Map' at bottom of screen

Touch 'Set Loc' at bottom of screen - your vehicle icon should jump to the spot

Then one of the following techniques:

--
Back out several screens until you reach the 'Choice Screen', scroll down and select 'Coordinates' (the coordinates of the location will be listed)

or

--
Back out to the Main Menu and select 'View Map'. If your unit has the "Where Am I? feature (discussed above), touch the vehicle icon and the Where Am I? screen will appear giving you the coordinates.

or

--
Back out to the Main Menu and touch the upper left corner (where the 'x'ed out satellite bars appear)[depending upon your model, you may have to hold your touch for a few seconds] the Satellite Screen will appear and the coordinates of the waypoint will be reflected.


NON STORED LOCATION

Since there is no information of the point in which you are interested, stored in your Garmin, you will have to use your scrolling map to reach the point. If you are not using the 'Address Find' there are a couple of techniques that you could employ.


[ Note: (March 2011) With some of the newer nüvis, the white arrow, that you will read about below, has been eliminated. On these models you simply touch the screen at the 'on the road' position that you want, and a description balloon will usually appear (but sometimes it wont). Once you have activated a balloon, if you desire to transport your vehicle to that spot, you press the Edit (3 bars, upper left corner of the screen) and select 'Set Location'. ]

(A) If the point is near one of your already stored points, go to the stored point via the technique described above, go to the Map Screen where 'Set Loc.' appears then touch and drag (you may also have to zoom in) and when you reach your spot, tap the screen at that spot and the small white arrow will move to the spot. When you have the white arrow correctly positioned, press 'Set Loc.'

Then one of the following techniques
(same as in the above listing):

--
Back out several screens until you reach the 'Choice Screen', scroll down and select 'Coordinates' (the coordinates of the location will be listed)

or

--
Back out to the Main Menu and select 'View Map'. If your unit has the "Where Am I? feature (discussed above), touch the vehicle icon and the Where Am I? screen will appear giving you the coordinates.

or

--
Back out to the Main Menu and touch the upper left corner (where the 'x'ed out satellite bars appear)[depending upon your model, you may have to hold your touch for a few seconds] the Satellite Screen will appear and the coordinates of the waypoint will be reflected.

(B) Perhaps the point is in a different city -- not a problem.

From the Main Menu select 'Where To?' > Cities > Spell your City's name > Choose it from the displayed listing > Select Map > Zoom in or out and touch and drag your screen (as previously mentioned) till you identify the point > tap the screen so that the white arrow appears at that point (you may have to zoom in to be accurate > When you have the white arrow correctly positioned, press 'Set Loc.'

Then one of the same three techniques to reveal the coordinates.

(C) Perhaps you are in a map scrolling mood.

From the Main Menu, start by EITHER selecting 'View Map' then touch and drag the map to the area and spot you want, OR select 'Where To?' > 'Browse Map' then touch and drag the map to the area and spot you want. [Zooming way out in the beginning may be very helpful (especially if the location is a long distance away); then zooming way in as you target your spot will be critical.]

Once you target your spot with the white arrow correctly positioned, press 'Set Loc.', then one of the same three aforementioned techniques to reveal the coordinates.


Y TYPE UNITS

(Remember you should be in GPS Simulation mode

Depending upon your model: keeping your swing-up antenna down or setting your unit to GPS Simulation mode via Tools > System > Simulator 'On' or Tools > Settings > System > GPS Simulator 'On' [varies with model].)

STORED LOCATION

First, access your stored location

From the Main Menu:
Select 'Where To?' > Then Address, Points of Interest (Food/Lodging), Recently Found, Favorites, Intersections, Extras, (where available on your unit and which will contain the waypoint in which you are interested) [for the purpose of this exercise we will call this the 'Choice Screen']

Select the waypoint (For example, if you are experimenting along with your reading {highly suggested}, select one of your Favorites)

From this point --
YOU DO NOT CONTINUE USING THE SAME TECHNIQUE AS THE X TYPES, for if you did and selected a Favorite and then selected 'Show Map' the 'Set Loc.' WILL NOT APPEAR. Bummer! But remember, these are the older type nüvis and didn't work quite the same way.

Well, What is the Work Around? I'm glad you asked. Here it is, but it really isn't as pretty as the other 'X TYPE' techniques.

When you reach the Favorite's '
Go' Screen (same place where Show Map appears) DON'T TOUCH the 'Show Map' but press 'Go' instead -- large green rectangle -- you can't miss it.

If you get a message to raise your antenna (300 and 600 series) just press '
OK', BUT DON'T RAISE THE ANTENNA (this gives you the opportunity to be contrary). You will still then be in GPS Simulation mode -- so don't worry. Be happy.

Your nüvi will calculate and draw a route to your selected place (in this case, a Favorite, but it could just as easily be one of the other choices from the 'Choice Screen.'

[ Note: (March 2011) With some of the newer nüvis, the white arrow, that you will read about below, has been eliminated. On these models you simply touch the screen at the 'on the road' position that you want, and a description balloon will usually appear (but sometimes it wont). Once you have activated a balloon, if you desire to transport your vehicle to that spot, you press the Edit (3 bars, upper left corner of the screen) and select 'Set Location'. ]

Now just tap the screen then touch and drag the screen till the small white arrow is over the base of the
checkered flag (your nüvi's destination point). You may have to zoom out quite a bit if the point is far from your current position before you touch and drag the screen to facilitate the screen movement; and then zoom in to zero in on the position. Once you are satisfied that the white arrow is properly positioned, press the 'Set Loc.' which has now miraculously appeared at the bottom of the screen. Your vehicle icon will jump to this spot.

Then use one of the two following techniques:

--
Press 'Back' to Map Screen then select the Menu button which takes you to the Main Menu. Now touch the upper left corner (the Satellite Bars are NOT THERE since you are now in GPS Simulation mode -- but touch where they would be)[depending upon your model, you may have to hold your touch for a few seconds] the Satellite Screen will appear and the coordinates of the waypoint will be reflected.

or

--
Press 'Back' to Map Screen then select the Menu button which takes you to the Main Menu. Now Select 'Where To?' > scroll down and select 'Coordinates' (the coordinates of the location will be listed.)


NON STORED LOCATION

Since no information of the point in which you are interested is stored in your Garmin, you will have to use your scrolling map to reach the point. If you are not using the 'Address Find' there are a couple of techniques that you could employ.

(A) If the point is near one of your stored points, 'Go' to the stored point via the technique described above, Tap/Touch and Drag to find the destination flag. Zoom into the area and continue Touching and Dragging until you can place the white arrow on your point of interest. When you have the white arrow correctly positioned, press 'Set Loc.'

Then use one of the two following techniques
(same as the above listing):

--
Press 'Back' to Map Screen then select the Menu button which takes you to the Main Menu. Now touch the upper left corner (the Satellite Bars are NOT THERE since you are now in GPS Simulation mode -- but touch where they would be)[depending upon your model, you may have to hold your touch for a few seconds] the Satellite Screen will appear and the coordinates of the waypoint will be reflected.

or

--
Press 'Back' to Map Screen then select the Menu button which takes you to the Main Menu. Now Select 'Where To?' > scroll down and select 'Coordinates' (the coordinates of the location will be listed.)


(B) Perhaps the point is in a different city -- not a problem.

From the Main Menu
select 'Where To?' > Cities > Spell your City's name > Choose it from the displayed listing > don't touch the 'Show Map' but press 'Go' instead.

If you get a message to raise your antenna (300 and 600 series) just press '
OK', BUT DON'T RAISE THE ANTENNA. You will still then be in GPS Simulation mode.

Your nüvi will calculate and draw a route to your selected City.

Now just tap the screen then touch and drag the screen till the small white arrow is over the base of the
checkered flag (your nüvi's destination point). You may have to zoom out quite a bit if the point is far from your current position before you touch and drag the screen to facilitate the screen movement; and then zoom in to zero in on the position. Once you are satisfied that the white arrow is properly positioned, press the 'Set Loc.' which has now miraculously appeared at the bottom of the screen. Your vehicle icon will jump to this spot.

Then use one of the two suggested techniques to reveal the coordinates.

(C) Perhaps you are in a map scrolling mood. [No 'Go' is involved here]

From the Main Menu, start by selecting '
View Map' then touch and drag the map to the area and spot you want, [Zooming way out in the beginning may be very helpful (especially if the location is a long distance away); then zooming way in as you target your spot will be critical.]

Once you target your spot with the white arrow correctly positioned, press '
Set Loc.', then use one of the two suggested techniques to reveal the coordinates.

(C) ALTERNATIVE

From the Main Menu select 'Where To?' > now select 'Browse'. Touch and drag the map to the area and spot you want, [Zooming way out in the beginning may be very helpful (especially if the location is a long distance away); then zooming way in as you target your spot will be critical.]

Once you target your spot with the white arrow correctly positioned, press 'Set Loc.'

Now just simply press your Back button, select '
Coordinates' and your coordinates will be revealed.

MY OPINION

There is a valid use for using your nüvi's Where Am I? feature (if you have it) to obtain your
CURRENT COORDINATES or the work around techniques that I have presented of revealing them for emergency purposes, geo-caching, marking records, later use in custom POIs, etc.

As for determining the coordinates of Favorites, etc. you might find that your personal computer [if it is available] with access to MapSource, Google, Google Earth, MapQuest, Bing Maps and a myriad of other on-line or on-computer programs would be easier, faster and more accurate.

Earlier articles on this subject

ARE YOU COORDINATED? - Obtaining and Using Coordinates in Your GPS

WHERE AM I? BY THE NUMBERS - Coordinates of Your PRESENT Position

(7/8X5)WHERE AM I? BY THE NUMBERS - Coordinates of Your PRESENT Position

WHERE IS THAT PLACE? BY THE NUMBERS - Coordinates of a DIFFERENT Position

FINDING THE COORDINATES OF A FAVORITE - It's Fairly Easy With A Multitude Of Methods


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