you're on the road, and you call someone with your
cell phone and get a destination address. It's too late to use the MapSource software to find the
destination. How do you enter the
address directly into the GPS unit? Now you're in trouble! It's
nearly impossible! No, wait, just follow these step-by-step
best results, practice a few times beforehand, at home or in your
driveway -- not when you are in a rush to catch your airplane!
To enter a destination address:
- Press the Find key.
From the menu, use the Rocker Keypad
to highlight Addresses, and
press the Enter key. This
takes you to the Find Address
- The cursor should be in the Number field. Press Enter to
highlight the first digit. Press the Rocker
Keypad up or down to
change that first digit. When the digit is
press the right button in the Rocker
Keypad to go to the next digit.
Repeat the process to enter the next digits, until the whole number is
complete. To erase an unwanted
digit at the end, enter a blank space (which comes between 9 and 0 as
you press up or down). When you are done entering the number, press the
Enter key. This
highlights the whole number.
- With the whole number highlighted in the Number field,
press the down button of the Rocker
Keypad to put the cursor into the Street field.
- The whole Street field
is highlighted. Press Enter to
to the Select Street Name
- The first character of the Select
Street Name field
should be highlighted. (If not, press the Enter key to highlight just the
first character.) Press the Rocker
Keypad up or down to change the
first character. Note that you press up
to advance forward through
alphabet: A, B, C ..., just the opposite of what you might expect. When
the letter is correct, press the right
button of the Rocker Keypad to
go to the next letter. Repeat the process to enter the next letter.
Note that as you scroll through the letters, it skips any letters that
fail to match any street names in
its database. For example, if the first letter is Q, only U is offered
as an option for the second letter.
- Continue entering letters until the list below the entry
field shows (or
almost shows) the name
of the street you want. Just entering the first five or six letters
might be enough. Press the Enter key
to move the yellow cursor from the
entry field down
to the list.
- With the yellow cursor in the list of street names, use the
Rocker Keypad to
scroll down the list until
you highlight the exact street name, for example, E MAPLE ST. Then
press the Enter key. This
takes you to a screen that shows the Number,
Street, City (optional), and Postal Code (optional) fields. Just
entering the Number and Street is sufficient.
- Using the Rocker
Keypad, move the yellow cursor down to the Find button on the screen, then press Enter. Wait patiently for the GPS
unit to find and list the full
addresses. WARNING: Do not press the Find button, as this will
all the work you have done!
- Use the Rocker Keypad
to highlight the desired full address
and then press Enter. The
address is shown again, together with the
options Save as Waypoint, Show Map, or Route to It. Highlight the
desired option (usually Route to It)
and press the Enter key.
You use the Rocker Keypad
and Enter keys for almost
everything. Don't press any other key unless you are sure of what you
are doing. Also note that the Rocker
Keypad has four tiny dots to indicate the pressure points: up,
down, left, and right. The button is slanted, but the dots
are aligned up/down and left/right.
The GPS unit is sometimes slow to respond. Press each key
and look at the response before you press again. Pressing repeatedly or
trying various keys without waiting for a response is bound to get you
If the street has a prefix like North or East, omit the
prefix when you enter the street name. The prefix E, N, S, or W will
automatically appear in the list of matching street names. For example,
to find North Maple Street, enter M-A-P-L-E, then select N MAPLE ST
from the list. Entering N-O-R-T-H will not work.
streets must be entered as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on, not First,
Second, Third, or Fourth. For example, to find North First Street,
When you enter a plain name like Maple, the matching list shows E
Maple, N Maple, and so on at the top of the list. You must scroll down
the list, which can be quite long, to
reach plain old "Maple." Be sure to select the correct suffix (ST, AVE,
If you make a mistake, pressing the Quit
button will take you back to the previous screen.
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