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Garmin GPS

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

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CREATING ROUTES ON YOUR GARMIN
- Using MapQuest May Make It Easy
by contributing writer, Bob Davis w/additions by your editor

August 2, 2010 -- Be advised that MapQuest has recently revised their programs and CURRENTLY they do not permit sending locations or routes directly to your nüvi. In the meantime, you can still use Google Maps and Bing Maps. Hopefully the technique will be re-instated in the future. See my article of explanation HERE.

NOTICE


October 4, 2009

MapQuest has finished with their (Beta) 'Build a Route' program and I am happy to report that they have included their send a route to your Garmin capability. The below technique will now operate properly.

October 1, 2009

MapQuest has just instituted their 'Build A Route' (Beta) software which CURRENTLY does not provide for sending a route to your Garmin. Nor does it provide for sending a destination to your Garmin. Hopefully this will change in the future. In the meantime, the technique discussed below WILL NOT WORK.

October 15, 2009

This article, although the technique still works, has been updated to take advantage of the newly incorporated MapQuest techniques. You may see the new article on General Page 10 by clicking on its name:

MAPQUEST IMPROVES SOFTWARE -
Route Setting For Your Nüvi Now Even Easier


[ Reader Bob Davis conceived of this article after doing some testing with his nüvi, but he found a problem with the Garmin representation of his route and set out to do some more research. He submitted a few more tidbits and was waiting for a response from Garmin to clear up some matters. The response, as yet, has not arrived. Bob got caught up in work travel plus time constraints and could not complete the article and asked me to finish it. I have stitched together his inputs, did some tinkering and some personal investigation and have compiled all, along with references, links and graphics. Thanks goes to Bob Davis for his initial creation. ]

ROUTE - Certainly a route can be the pathway from a starting point to a destination point, something you can easily accomplish with any nüvi device. It can also be of the type that contains ONE via point along the way. Most nüvi devices can also accomplish this. But there are certain nüvi series (such as the highly popular 500, 700, 800 and 1400 series, the nüvi 1690 and 5000 -- just several examples [some of the newer and older nüvis don't have this option {The 200, 300, 600, 1200 and 1300 nüvi series DO NOT have 'route planning' capabilites.}]) that can have multiple locations created along a certain pathway that would create a different route than what the Garmin would ordinarily have created if it were only going just from start to destination. This is know as the 'route planning' feature. With the mentioned devices, these nüvis can prepare and store up to 10 such routes. This is a great feature for errands, deliveries, sales calls, or just touring off the beaten path.

Although routes can be established on those capable nüvis, right on the instrument itself, auxiliary programs such as MapSource and MapQuest (examples) can also be used.
This article discusses the use of MapQuest in creating a route.

USE MAPQUEST…


...the map publisher and online Web mapping service owned by AOL has teamed with Garmin GPS to furnish “
free map routing service”. [Make sure your model of Garmin is compatible by checking at the Garmin Internet site. [http://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134]

Most know that you can make your own “routes” on Garmin GPS units… however it’s arduous at best scrolling on that smallish screen to carefully pick a point of direction on a road and then repeating that scrolling process many times for a trip of several hundred miles.

I found a better solution by using
MapQuest and a couple of tricks to force the Garmin GPS to accept your created route -- instead of just using waypoints A (home) and B (destination).

Before we continue, the reader must know that the interaction of several service websites, such as MapQuest, Google Maps, and Bing Maps, with your Garmin nüvi requires the program 'Garmin Communicator Plugin' being installed on your computer (Windows or Mac). I have discussed this in no less than 6 previous articles. You can go here for some helpful information:

IMPORTING FAVORITES FROM GOOGLE/MAPQUEST INTO YOUR NÜVI
- 'How To' Techniques For On-Line Imports

or go directly to the Garmin webpage [http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/] for Discussion, FAQs, the Download, and a Test Page.

CREATING AND SENDING A SIMPLE MAPQUEST CREATED A TO B ROUTE TO YOUR GARMIN

First let's see how prepare and send a simple home to destination (A/B) route to your nüvi.

AT THE MAPQUEST SITE: http://www.mapquest.com/


CREATING THE ROUTE


Type in your Start (Camarillo) and End (Concord) points and 'Get Directions'

Examine resulting map to see if it is the route you want. The resultant map IS the route you want)

MapQuest chooses an inland route (from A to B) that briefly heads NW then turns NE on 126 passing Filmore, meeting I-5 North of Santa Clarita, then traveling Northerly for a long distance past Gorman, later Los Banos, picking up I-580, then I-680 into the Concord area.

SENDING THIS ROUTE TO YOUR GARMIN

Here is the procedure, but DON'T DO IT now because in a little while we are going to make some necessary changes.

Under the map, click on 'Send' and then 'Send to GPS' which appears in the drop down box. At this point your nüvi should be connected to your computer through the USB cable. You may have to either sign in or establish a MapQuest account first -- both are easy to do.

Select the 'Route' button, enter a file name when asked [such as CA Trip 1] and check the box for your nüvi and click 'Send'.

When the 'Success' box appears you have accomplished the task.

Unfortunately, your created routes in MapQuest MAY BE changed by Garmin after downloading from MapQuest.

Why? Consider this. If you create a route in MapQuest from point A to B (for example from your home “A” in Camarillo CA to a home “B” in Concord CA) and send that simple "route" to your Garmin nüvi through the MapQuest website and Garmin Communicator Plugin, the Garmin will then pick whatever route it wants to between those points which might (mostly does -- sez author) differ from MapQuest constructed route.

If you left it to your Garmin, your nüvi would plot a more seaward route via the Ventura Highway in the sunshine, the Danish type city of Solvang, San Luis Obispo (California's Natural Escape), up the CA 101 (which is rather slow), through the fertile farming area of the Salinas Valley, past the garlic fields of Gilroy, knowing the way to San Jose where it picks up the I-680, through Silicon Valley to Concord. An excellent touring trip, but probably not best for speed -- but it does give you the time to sing 'California Dreaming' many, many times for some 6 or 7+ hours. And this is even when you have 'fasted route' activated.

TO FORCE THE GARMIN GPS TO ACCEPT YOUR DESIRED MAPQUEST ROUTE -- DO THIS

AT THE MAPQUEST SITE: http://www.mapquest.com/

Create a route from A to B using MapQuest, with several “waypoints/via points” in between
* (other towns or points of interest [along the road]) and then transfer those points to the Garmin.

(*this is important for if you just send the A to B MapQuest route, which uses the inland path from MapQuest to your Garmin, your nüvi would automatically alter it, wanting to guide you up the more coastal route -- not what you wanted. The trick you are going to use is to force your nüvi to follow and guide you along the route you want by using the waypoints/via points.)

For example, you will go from Camarillo, passing Gorman, passing Los Banos to Concord, CA. This, with some adjustments, indicated later, will take you along the inland I-5 path.

In other cases, multiple 'via points' (perhaps more than 2) are required otherwise the Garmin will load its shortest and quickest default map which may not be the 'route' you desire.

We will start off the same as before. Type in your Start (Camarillo) and End (Concord) points and 'Get Directions'

Examine resulting map to see if it is the route you want. The resultant map IS the route you want)

First A Little Philosophy: We don't know at this point if our nüvi is going to change the route or not. We could assume that it won't be altered, later find out (like the original author is suggesting) that it had been, then go back to MapQuest and do the extra steps -- OR -- since the extra steps are simple, do them now.

We are going to add two waypoints/via points (Gorman and Los Banos), re-arrange the order of the four, and then send the route to the Garmin.

We eyeball the map and see that the route passes by the cities of Gorman and Los Banos. By choosing these two places as waypoints it will force Garmin to accept the inland route (we could have chosen other points).

To add the Gorman waypoint, at the top of the map click on the 'Add Another Location to Route' and at the appearing box fill in 'gorman, ca' and click the 'Add Location.'

The Gorman waypoint will be added as 'C'


To add the Los Banos waypoint, at the top of the map click on the 'Add Another Location to Route' and at the appearing box fill in 'los banos, ca' and click the 'Add Location.'

The Los Banos waypoint will be added as 'D'




Your new resultant map will look like this. You will notice that the waypoints
are not in the order you want. If you left it as is, you would be routed Camarillo - Concord - Gorman - Los Banos (final destination); an 833 mile trip, rather than the 380 mile trip you were expecting.





HOW TO RE-ARRANGE THE ORDER OF YOUR WAYPOINTS

In the text portion of the MapQuest Web page on which you are working, you will find the waypoints listed in order. You can adjust the order by clicking on the up or down arrows. In this case, let us move the 'B' Concord to the 'D' position by clicking the down arrow once to move the waypoint to 'C', waiting till the action is completed, then clicking it again to move the waypoint to 'D'.

Your map will now be re-arranged correctly; Camarillo - Gorman - Los Banos - Concord [A-B-C-D].

BUT

Houston, there is still a slight problem.

Because we used the cities of Gorman and Los Banos, and they are not exactly on I-5, but a little off the road, your route guidance will take you into the heart of each city and then lead you back out -- probably not what you want.

Fortunately, when using MapQuest, like Google Maps and Bing Maps, you can move the waypoint from it's position to another ROAD POSITION. MapQuest allows the formation of waypoints based upon addresses and searched categories (Ex: Banks, Restaurants, Hotels, etc.) but after formed -- you can move them -- graphically


Don't Be Nagged !


Bob Davis sez he was forced to travel the route knowing that when he neared both Gorman and Los Banos his nüvi will be telling him to leave I-5 and go
into each town then leave and hook back up with I-5. He sez he just ignored the nagging and continued on I-5 as he passed each town. The nagging eventually stopped.


But we are going to
prevent the nagging by just moving the Gorman (B) and Los Banos (C) waypoints from their 'city' position to where they will be resting on I-5 -- the path we really want.


Remember, we are doing this
AFTER we have placed the waypoints in the correct order.


It's easy to do. Just zoom in on each waypoint on the MapQuest map, left click the lettered star and drag it to nearby I-5.

BEFORE

AFTER

Gorman

Los Banos

SENDING THIS ADJUSTED ROUTE TO YOUR GARMIN

Here is the procedure. Under the map, click on 'Send' and then 'Send to GPS' which appears in the drop down box. At this point your nüvi should be connected to your computer through the USB cable. You may have to either sign in or establish a MapQuest account first -- both are easy to do.


Select the 'Route' button, enter a file name when asked [such as CA Trip 1] and check the box for your nüvi and click 'Send'.

When the 'Success' box appears you have accomplished the task.





BUT YOU ARE NOT FINISHED

Now when you go to your Garmin and look for the route, YOU FAIL! Even though you were told that the route was successfully sent, YOU CAN'T SEEM TO FIND the route on the device. You search in Custom Routes where you thought it might be, then in Extras/Custom POIs. No luck.

Where is it?


Almost Hidden Secret: To find the routes downloaded from MapQuest to your Garmin ...

Go to:

Tools > My Data > Import Route From File (Garmin should display stored and downloaded files in the unit or SD Card memory) > select the Route (CA Trip 1) > press Import (there is a slight wait while it calculates).


To see or follow the route, go back to Home Screen and select

Where to? > Custom Routes > CA Trip 1 > Preview or Go

The Preview will show you your route up I-5 etc. to Concord.

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Use MapQuest to create a route from Points A to B.
  • Insert waypoints along the route to keep your GPSr from altering the route on it own
  • Adjust waypoints in the order you desire. Move some if necessary
  • Send routes w/waypoints to your Garmin from MapQuest using Garmin Communicator Plugin
  • Import the created file into your Custom Routes
  • Have a nice trip


Bob Davis gives reasons to use MapQuest:

MapQuest lets you visually create your route on its map, including via points then saves it in the trip name of your choice and automatically downloads to your Garmin GPS.

You can automatically “reverse” the MapQuest created route … great for the trip home from unfamiliar locations (download a second 'route' under a different name).

090905




SORRY, HONEY, YOU ARE NO LONGER MY VALENTINE
- Severing Relationships With Your a Favorite(s)

For short article sound activate play ==>


There comes a time when the fickle finger of fate points to one or more of your Favorites (waypoints) and sez it's time to part company. Certainly a sad day.

As you know, nüvis are quite amorous with their 'hearts'. Some 'Don Juan' models allow 500 Favorites. The 'Casanova' models permit 1000 Favorites. And the champion, 'Charlie Sheen' model permits 3000 Favorites.


But one day, there comes a time to delete one or more Favorites.

ONE AT A TIME (the most common way)

Where to? > Favorites (the heart) > Select the Favorite either from the scrolling menu or by use of the 'Spell' button > Edit > Delete > Yes


SEVERAL AT A TIME
[Not all nüvis have this capability]

Tools > My Data > Delete Favorites(s) > activate various check boxes on a scrolling list of alphabetized Favorites > Delete > Yes


ALL AT ONCE

WARNING -- Don't do this unless you really need to.

A. For Some Models
Tools > My Data > Delete Favorites(s) > Choose 'Select All' > Delete > Yes

B. For All Models -- Clear User Data

You can clear your User Data (which includes all your Favorites) using a simple technique. You will find complete directions in your Operations Manual in it's Appendix, either in a section labeled 'Clearing User Data' or in the 'Trouble Shooting' section.

In brief, depending upon your nüvi model, it consists of either pressing your finger in a certain area of the screen and turning your nüvi on while still pressing and when a pop-up window appears, touching 'Yes' to clear all your user data;
OR first turning your nüvi on, waiting for the 'Status Bar' to appear, then pressing your finger on a certain part of the screen till a prompt appears, then selecting 'Yes'. (I'm slightly vague in telling you where to press in order to make you look at your Operating Manual for details before you attempt this technique.)

When you Clear User Data, your nüvi is returned to its original settings and
you will loose anything you have entered or set, including all your Favorites.

NOTICE

No Favorites were injured in the writing of this article.

Also note that all actions were accomplished
within the nüvi without it being connected to the computer, therefore, no ancillary applications were utilized in deleting or managing Favorites.

Would this even be possible? Yes, by using programs such as MapSource, word processors, text editors, data base and spread-sheet programs, various GPX editors, etc.

Their use in this matter would make excellent subjects for follow-on articles.

My readers are invited to become authors and originate some comprehensive and interesting articles in this matter (or any other nüvi related subject) for publication here. Please see the INFO PAGE for my contact information.


EPILOGUE

Let's say you live in Ypsilanti, MI and once made a trip to Los Angeles, CA as a tourist and recorded many Favorites on your nüvi while you were there. It is now years later and you want to remove all or most of the Los Angeles Favorites to make room for additional Favorites on your planned trip to Apalachicola, FL. You desire to accomplish all this without having your nüvi connected to your computer (your arbitrary requirement for this project.)

If you have a nüvi that can delete several Favorites at the same time (remember, not all can) you find that since the present list is alphabetical it would be difficult to cull out your 'Los Angeles' Favorites. So you are going to skip that technique.

If you start scrolling through your 'normal' Favorites list, the Favorites near Ypsilanti will show up first and soon the list will stop scrolling (after 52) way before the listing might show any Los Angeles Favorites.

Probably, the best way to accomplish this is to do a 'Set Loc' placing your vehicle in Los Angeles.

You'll remember, from previous articles, that you begin by placing your nüvi in GPS Simulation mode through:

  • Wrench > System > Simulator         or
  • Tools > Settings > System > GPS Simulator (or something similar as models vary)

then by either 'Touch and Drag' or 'Where To?/Cities' find Los Angeles and do a 'Set Loc' there.

Now if you examine your Favorites, all your Los Angeles Favorites are at the top of the listing and you can eliminate each one -- one at a time; a little slow but it can be done.


Remember on February 14, take your nüvi and all your Favorites out for a ride.

090908





HONEY LEARNS YOUR INTENTIONS
- Tip For A Quick Way Of Seeing Your Route

[Some nüvi models may operate slightly differently. Test yours for its operation technique.]

Let's say that you are driving to a destination that you have programmed into your Garmin nüvi. Your passenger, we will call her -- Honey, wants to know where your route will take you.

[Repeated touching of the GPS screen by the driver while driving can be dangerous in that it might divert your attention from driving your vehicle, so we will have Honey, your driving partner, do all the touching.]


Method 1 (Slow Method): She can touch the screen which will take it to the 2D touch and drag mode, then touch and drag, touch and drag, touch and drag, realize that she is not zoomed out enough, zoom out a bit, then touch and drag, touch and drag, ... more zooming, touch and drag, etc. till the route is exposed.

This method should probably be reserved for seeing the path at a closer distance to your current location.

Method 2 (Quick Method): Honey touches the green bar at the top of the screen.

This brings up the turn by turn screens. She touches the 'Show Map' button (or Map button) at the bottom of the screen ...

... and the nüvi quickly zooms out the correct amount and then shows her the route in map view plus the distance and driving time.

If she wants she can even touch and drag the screen and zoom in on particular portions of the route to enlarge them.

Two 'Back' presses will take her back to the normal driving map screen.

091003

SEARCH ME?
- Web Site Search Engine Installed

I finally was able to install a search engine on this web site. I am using FreeFind, which not only provides me with a
Search Engine for all my pages, but does so with the minimum of sponsor links. Also included is an Index of my entire site ... every word and non-word, WOW! [Index updated weekly] and a sitemap.

I have placed the search blocks near the top of each WEB page.
See sample graphic. Just enter a keyword or two into the box and see what happens. The results are similar to what you might achieve using the Google's search tool, but is limited to the Garmin nüvi Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets & Ideas site.

Once you find your page using the search engine you still will have to use your Browser's search capability to find the desired word. Bummer. But even Google works like that.

There is a comment at the top of the 'Search Engine Hints and Tips' page that reads:

BIG HINT: Once you are taken to the GARMIN NUVI GPS TRICKS PAGE you MUST do a 'Browser Find' (CTRL+F) [Control Key plus F Key at the same time] with your search term(s) to FIND THE EXACT TEXT on that page.

The comment also appears near the top of the FREEFIND Search Results Page when you enter a search term(s) in the search box as an additional reminder.

I'm not quite sure how valuable this will be to the readers, but if it helps some it certainly won't get in the way of the other visitors.

I mentioned to one correspondent that the
Garmin nüvi Tricks, Tips, etc. WEB site is like a large glossy coffee table magazine.

One can pick it up and thumb through it at any time. At first, perhaps reading a few articles before putting it down. Then continuing the reading project on another day (too much material to read in one sitting.) Later returning to do some experimenting with their nüvis discovering techniques and things they didn't know about their GPSrs. Every once in a while inspecting the
Recent Additions area to see what new articles have been pasted into their reference magazine during the month.

Occasionally, a reader will contribute an article or an idea which will be published and appear in the magazine, helping other owners.

Remember you can also use quick guides through the Table of Contents (TOC)(Main Page), the Recent Additions Page, or at the various Divisions -
General, Custom POI, 7/8X5, Info, Recent Additions.

Site navigation help can be found
HERE -- Navigating The Site.

Please make sure that your coffee table has sturdy legs and can support this ever expanding magazine.

My thanks to contributor Bob Cohen, WA who assisted
me in formulating the instructions for the FreeFind search engine.

091008





YES I CON
- Seeing Built In, Favorites, Custom & Other Icons

August 2, 2010 -- Be advised that MapQuest has recently revised their programs and CURRENTLY they do not permit sending locations or routes directly to your nüvi. In the meantime, you can still use Google Maps and Bing Maps. Hopefully the technique will be re-instated in the future. See my article of explanation HERE.


[I am using my nüvi 755T as a guide while writing this.
Other nüvi models may differ slightly -- but probably
not by much. Anyway, you'll get the idea.]


There are several categories of icons that can appear on our nüvi's screen.


1. NORMAL SCREEN ICONS


We will lump into this category the icons like highway identifiers such as
I-5 and US 101; the green start of route flag, the orange via point flags, the two types of checkered destination flags, various arrows, battery icon, screen shot icon, traffic icons on some models, etc. These icons appear on your screen automatically, when called for.


2. VEHICLE ICONS

Here you have a variety of choices, some icons that come with your nüvi and others that you can download and install from Garmin through their extensive 'Garmin Garage
tm*' , plus additional ones that you can obtain from other sources. They range in style from a simple colored arrow to colored vehicles of many types -- sedans, SUVs, trucks, motor cycles, horses, ghosts, goblins, flags, airplanes, skiers, chickens, etc. -- if you can think of it, it probably can be drawn and installed in your nüvi for your driving icon pleasure.

Of course the icon does nothing more than represent the position of your nüvi on the map.

*For more information on available vehicles go here:
http://www8.garmin.com/vehicles/


3. BUILT-IN 'MILLIONS' OF POIs

Whether it is 6 million or 1.5 million, that's a lot of built-in Points of Interest (POI) that your nüvi has included. By using your 'Where To?' and choosing the Points of Interest category you can zero in on such things as Food, Lodging, Shopping, Parking, Attractions, etc. All these millions of waypoints will appear on your nüvi screen, as icons, when you
NORMALLY* are zoomed in to 200 feet or less (see graphic). They appear as either small black squares or larger graphic icon representations such as a slice of pizza, a knife and fork, a police badge, a church, etc., all representing a stored POI. If you touch a POI's screen icon it's name will appear on the screen (see graphic). Touching a black square, although difficult (because it's small), will produce the same. How many of these types of icons representing the POIs are there? I don't know. I've never seen the number published and I have never undertaken the task to count them.

*Although many will tell you NO, YOU CAN see
these type of icons when zoomed out to
MORE
than 200 feet
. I will tell you how YOU CAN in
the below '
NEVER SAY NEVER' section.
Now, Barack to some other types of icons.


4. FAVORITES

Many nüvis can store up to 500 or 1000 (more common) waypoints (POIs)
[one model can store up to 3000] in a special area in your device. These waypoints may be duplicates of some of the existing 'millions' mentioned above or totally different one derived by address searching, coordinate placement, screen touching, etc. -- or even imported from another program or Web service such as MapSource, MapQuest, Maps Google, Google Earth, Bing Maps, and more.

Garmin provides this area so that you can quickly find and establish routes to these, possibly more often used waypoints, by use of the 'Favorites' button in your 'Where To?' menu. Besides just for creating routes, establishing 'Favorites' provides a special opportunity for you to collect and quickly see your special saved waypoints of a particular area. I presented a discussion of this in one of my older articles,
I'VE BEEN SET-UP! - Tourist Trip Management.

The icons for 'Favorites' (referred to in this case as 'Map Symbols' on my nüvi) can be just a small black square or one of 87 other furnished graphic icons that you can choose via your device.


Technique: Once you have established a 'Favorite',
Where To? > Favorite > navigate the screens and choose a Favorite > When the 'Go' screen appears [Do not press Go] press 'Edit' at the bottom of the page > select 'Change Map Symbol' from the next screen > select one of the 88 icons that best represents your Favorite (you can scroll the screen for more) > when done, hold 'Back' button to back out to the Main Page.

Now your 'Favorite' will have a special icon associated with it on your nüvi screen.
[Hint: Choose one of the larger icons.]

There is something
different about the 'Favorite' icon representation on the Garmin screen. Favorites icons can be seen when zoomed out to a considerable distance. In the graphic we are zoomed out to 2 miles and see the 'Favorite' icon that I have chosen for The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Actually we can zoom out further and the icon is still there but gets obfuscated by the city labels. At a zoom of 30 miles you can just about make it out before it gets completely covered.

But for other 'Favorites', in areas where there aren't many city labels around, such as Las Vegas, you can still see the Favorites icons zoomed out to 50 miles.


Take a look at a Las Vegas 'Favorite' icon when zoomed out to more than 200 miles.

I will tell you how YOU CAN accomplish this using the technique in the below 'NEVER SAY NEVER' section.
Now, Look ... let's get Barack to other icons.



5. CUSTOM POIs

Ah, the beautiful Custom POIs. The ones that you create (or let others do it for you.) The ones to which you can attach a sound alert - voice, music or special effect. The ones that allow you to create your own designed icons.

 

  • Must be of the Windows .bmp file type
  • Prefix of file name MUST match the .csv or .gpx file name
  • Size should be no bigger than 24 x 24 pixels
  • Best to use 256 RGB color palette with standard web safe colors
  • The color 'magenta' (RGB R:255, G:0, B: 255 [#ff00ff ] is treated as a transparent color)

I have written much about Custom POIs in the Custom POIsection of this WEB site. If you have questions, that would be a good place to look for answers.

Like the General 'million' POIs, these icons appear at a
zoom level of 200 feet or less when you view the map .....


... UNLESS you have set an alert and are WITHIN the alert distance of the Custom POI. Then the icon CAN be seen with zoom out to more than 200 miles ... maybe even from the moon.

But, to the surprise of some, you don't even have to be in the alert zone to see the Custom POI icon from a far zoomed out condition. Again, see the 'NEVER SAY NEVER' section.

6. OTHER:

This is a catch-all category for icons that I haven't noticed, have forgotten to mention or am unaware of.

NEVER SAY NEVER, Mr. Bond

Here are the secrets for observing the mentioned icons from a far out zoom.

Technique for Custom POI:

From Main Screen touch 'Where To?' > scroll to Extras/Custom POI > select Custom POIs > navigating the menus, find the Custom POI you want and select it > at the 'Go' screen [Don't Press 'Go'] press 'Map' > zoom out as far as you want. You will still be able to see the waypoint and its icon.

What happens is that your Garmin will show you a map centered on your Custom POI's waypoint and allow you to zoom out to
ANY DISTANCE irrespective of there being an alert distance set for that waypoint. [Actual photograph taken from my camera mounted on the moon.]

Technique For One of the 'Millions' of Built-in POIs:

From Main Screen touch 'Where To?' > if in a different city you will use the menus and keyboard to select the proper city (Example: St Louis, MO) Press 'Near' > select 'A Different City' > OK > type 'St Louis' then 'Done' > select 'St Louis, MO > select 'Points of Interest' > scroll down and select 'Attractions' > scroll down and select 'Landmark' > scroll down and select 'Gateway Arch' > at the 'Go' screen [Don't Press 'Go'] press 'Map' > zoom out as far as you want. You will still be able to see the waypoint and its icon.

Technique for Favorite POI:

From Main Screen touch 'Where To?' > if in a different city you will use the menus and keyboard to select the proper city (Example: Olathe KS) Press 'Near' > select 'A Different City' > OK > type 'Olath_' then 'Done' > select 'Olathe,KS > select 'Favorites' > select 'All Favorites' > select 'Garmin USA' > at the 'Go' screen [Don't Press 'Go'] press 'Map' > zoom out as far as you want. You will still be able to see the waypoint and its icon.

There may come a time when you want to see the icon of a Built-in POI, a Favorite POI or a Custom POI on your map at a slightly zoomed out view in order to get the 'lay of the land and streets.' The above are techniques, not the only ones, for achieving this.

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