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The Garmin Nuvi Pocket Guide: View Map

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Jason D. O'Grady shows you how to use the "View Map" portion of the Garmin nuvi.
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If you've read Chapter 3, you know that the main screen (also known as the Where To? View Map screen; see Figure 4.1) is like the home of the nüvi user experience. It's the central hub for navigating (pardon the pun) the nüvi and also the default screen you see when you turn on your nüvi.

Figure 4.1

Figure 4.1 The main screen of the nüvi.

In Chapter 3, I covered the left half of the main screen and the Where To? icon. This chapter focuses on the right half of the main screen and the View Map icon.

Map Screen

The Map screen (Figure 4.2) provides a wealth of information. To view it, tap the View Map icon in the main screen—or tap the Go! button after you find a destination or choose a route.

Figure 4.2

Figure 4.2 The Map screen.

Three map views are available on the nüvi. To change the current view, tap Tools > Settings > Map and then choose one of the following options:

  • 3D. This view is the default map view for a reason: Simply put, it's the best. I encourage you to play with the two other views, but I can almost guarantee that you'll switch back to 3D view.
  • Track Up. This option gives you a 2D overhead view, like the view provided by most online mapping services, with your direction of travel displayed at the top.
  • North Up. This option also provides a 2D overhead view, but north is always at the top.
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