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While combing through the manual of my new-to-me Garmin 2820, I see that the screens are somewhat customizable. I've been playing with this a little, and I think I like what I've come up with. I have recaptured some of my screen back that Garmin chose to use for text, whereas my settings use it for map detail. I like that more. Also, whether I'm using the GPS for navigating, or it's just turned on but not navigating, my Speed and Time are always in the same fields, and up closer to my line-of-sight. I like this too.


You'll notice there's no GREEN section on my customized screens. Also, my Zoom IN and Zoom Out buttons are closer to the top of the screen, making them easier to hit with gloves on.

(These pics are 20% smaller than the actual screen size of the 2820.)





And this pics shows just the map size before and after customizing the data fields.

(These pics ARE the actual screen size of the Garmin 2820.)


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I like what I see! Nice job I have been playing around with my Nuvi trying to get real familiar with it, so it is easier to operate on the bike.

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I like what I see! Nice job I have been playing around with my Nuvi trying to get real familiar with it, so it is easier to operate on the bike.
Thanks.

Unfortunately for some, not all Garmin units have customizable data fields. Spoke with a buddy last night that has a Nuvi 360, and his does not. Bummer. I really like having a bigger map portion of the screen.
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While combing through the manual of my new-to-me Garmin 2820, I see that the screens are somewhat customizable.
I like the look! I've always hated that big green "READY TO NAVIGATE" bar across the top...

I'm gonna dig into my 2730 tonight to see if I can do the same thing.

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I like the look! I've always hated that big green "READY TO NAVIGATE" bar across the top...

I'm gonna dig into my 2730 tonight to see if I can do the same thing.
Glad you like the look. I've been using the GPS this way for a couple of days and like it way mo' better!

Learning how to manipulate the data fields took me a little bit of practice. Kinda goofy the way they have it setup. I'll post pics of my data field settings later on.
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While on a route, how do you review all of the upcoming turns if you don't have access to the "green" section?

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While on a route, how do you review all of the upcoming turns if you don't have access to the "green" section?
Two options:
  1. Press the 'Map' button once = Turn List. (If you continue pressing the Map button, you can scrool through all of the screens.)
  2. or, Press either one of the bottom two data fields ('Next Dest Time', or 'Arrival Time' on mine.) Those fields act just as the big green field does on the default screen.
Also, if I press either of the top two fields, I get to the 'Trip Computer' screen.
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Two options:
  1. Press the 'Map' button once = Turn List. (If you continue pressing the Map button, you can scrool through all of the screens.)
  2. or, Press either one of the bottom two data fields ('Next Dest Time', or 'Arrival Time' on mine.) Those fields act just as the big green field does on the default screen.
Also, if I press either of the top two fields, I get to the 'Trip Computer' screen.
Cool...I'll check it out. Thanks

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Exclamation A Picture HowTo ... blow by blow.

This should make things a little easier. That is, if you have a 2820 or the like...


Go to the Main Menu and select 'Settings'.




Then select 'Map'




Then press the down arrow for the next page down.




Select 'Map Data Fields'.




Select 'Thin', then press 'Next'.




Select 'Custom Fields'.




You can configure your screen however you'd like, obviously.
Once I was done, this is how my Navigation Data Fields settings looked.




...and my Non-Navigating settings.




The first time I tried getting 'Speed' up in the top field, this is the way the screen was configured. Yuk! I didn't want to share that top field with 3 lines of information, so I had to change it. Press the + sign.




Now there's two lines of data ... press the + sign again.




There, that's better! 3/3 means that you only have 1 line of data in that field. You can experiment to see what you like. IMO, anymore than more line of data and the information becomes too hard to read at a quick glance.





I hope this helps. No sense in all of us reading the manual and figuring this crap out.
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Joe, did you know you could do that with your old 2720?

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Joe, did you know you could do that with your old 2720?
Amazing what a guy can learn when he takes the time to crack open a manual.

Glad to help out bud!
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Luv what you did to the screen..........been toying between a 2820 & a Zumo and after all the input from this wonderful site I'm going to get a 2820.
When it arrives I'll be back to pick your brains for a little help in getting it set-up.

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settings on my new to me 2720

Well don't know how to display my setting like Joe did.
But using multiple items in my nav settings.
1. speed, heading and time
2. dist to turn and time to turn
3. next turn
4. arrival dist and arrival time

My non nav settings are less crowded.
1. just speed
2. just heading
3. just time
4. just Elev. ft

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Nice job with this, Joe...I'm going to work on mine tomorrow.

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Well don't know how to display my setting like Joe did.
Rookie! That's OK Mike. I don't want you hurting yourself.


BTW, what did Mark have to say about your new 2720?
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yep the 2720 is exactly the same, here is a question is it normal for the only some of the street names to appear at a manual setting of 200ft with auto zoom off

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here is a question is it normal for the only some of the street names to appear at a manual setting of 200ft with auto zoom off
My Auto Zoom is 'OFF' as well, but most of the other settings I left on 'Auto'. I will experiment tomorrow to better understand how these settings affect what is displayed on the screen. I think that your 200ft setting is too low. I'll report back later on tomorrow.

Also, are you certain that under 'Detailed Maps', that your latest version is 'enabled'? That's something you may want to check.
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yep the 2720 is exactly the same, here is a question is it normal for the only some of the street names to appear at a manual setting of 200ft with auto zoom off
I keep my 2610 at 800ft zoom. It will still do the close ups of any turns.
A question for Joe - With the bluetooth working through the 2820, is it possible to shut off "bitching Betty" and still retain the volume for your cell phone?

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A question for Joe - With the bluetooth working through the 2820, is it possible to shut off "bitching Betty" and still retain the volume for your cell phone?
Yes! The volume control on the 2820 is a Master volume control. If you press the 'Advanced' tab, another screen pops up with FOUR volume controls. Nice! One for voice prompts, for XM, the mp3 player, and your cell phone. So one can easily mute voice prompts, meanwhile leaving the cell volume at a normal setting.

I thought that was real smart thinkin' by the Garmin folks.
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Smile Wow! Now I learn't sumtin new!

Ok Joe, it must be too cold to ride so you are reading the fine print in the manual. I didn't know there were separate volume controls....thanks. Since it's in the 70's and sunny here, I may have to go home early for a test ride.

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Re: Wow! Now I learn't sumtin new!

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Ok Joe, it must be too cold to ride so you are reading the fine print in the manual. I didn't know there were separate volume controls....thanks. Since it's in the 70's and sunny here, I may have to go home early for a test ride.
See! I'm not totally worthless after all!

I found that tidbit when I was testing the Bluetooth on my bike. I had my wife call my cell and the ringing in the headset just about blew my eardrums out! I hurried to adjust the volume and I saw the 'Advanced' tab. Imagine my surprise...
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...here is a question is it normal for the only some of the street names to appear at a manual setting of 200ft with auto zoom off
Tested this today, as promised. You need to either increase this setting, or put it on 'Auto' (which is the default setting). When I changed mine to "200ft", most if not all of my secondary road names disappeared. Not good.

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