Collecting Points with a Garmin GPS
These instructions are specific to the Garmin eTrex Legend HCx (that look like the unit pictured below), but are more generally valid for most Garmin hand-held receivers.
Quit/Page key: Press this button to advance through the screen pages. Once within a page (such as saving a waypoint), press this to quit the page without saving your changes
Power/Backlight key: Push this and hold this button to turn the unit on or off. Push this in briefly to light the screen.
Enter/Rocker key: Use this like a mouse to move the pointer or cursor up/down/left/right and press in as if you are clicking a mouse button or hit the Enter key. You can also press and hold to save your current location as a waypoint.
In/Out (Zoom) keys: Press the top button to zoom in on the map. Press the bottom button to zoom out.
Menu/Find key: Press this to view the menu of available tools or options on any given page.
Common Screens. These are the most frequently used screens. You can change which screens are shown and the order they are shown in the Settings feature on the Main Menu.
Satellite Page: Appears at start-up. It shows the satellite locations in the sky. The center of the display is directly overhead, further from the center is closer to the horizon. Your receiver has a solid connection and is receiving signals from satellites that are colored, but are not connected to those that are grayed. The stronger the satellite signal strength, the taller the bar on the graph at the bottom. Your current location with approximate (often generous) accuracy is reported at the top of the screen.
Map Page: Shows a map of the area around your current location. You are at the center, and any waypoints within the map view are shown. You can use the rocker key to move the pointer away from your location, and press it to bring up information about any features shown on the map.
Compass Page: Shows a compass dial, with the direction you are moving at the top. If you are navigating toward a waypoint, the direction, relative to your current heading, will be indicated by the arrow. Various data can be shown in boxes on the screen. To change the data shown in those boxes, hit the Menu button, and select the fields you wish to see.
Main Menu: Use the rocker and enter key to select and access different features shown in this menu. A few key features are described in general below
Setup: Opens a new menu to change most of the settings on your GPS. The Units menu can be used to change the projection (from the Units feature), distance, elevation, speed, etc. units. You can also change the pages shown and the order the pages are shown. Also, basic setup features like sounds, volume, color, backlight color, etc.
Satellite: View the satellite page.
Mark: Save your current location as a waypoint.
Find: Use to search for an existing, saved waypoint. Also used to delete waypoints.
Recording a Location
• Press and hold the Enter/Rocker button
• To accept the default name and information select the OK button the bottom of the “Mark Waypoint” window and press the Enter button
o To change the name of the waypoint (or any other information), select the field you want to change, and press the Enter button
o Use the Rocker to move around the on-screen keypad and press Enter to input your new name.
o When finished select the OK button and press Enter
Enter your GPS points into Google Earth
• Start Google Earth
• Plug your GPS into the computer and turn the GPS on.
• In Google Earth, go to Tools > GPS
o In the GPS Import window, select “Garmin”
o Choose to import Waypoints for your saved locations. If you want to save the path you walked, you can download Tracks as well. Routes are not needed
o Set the output to KML tracks for points, KML LineStrings for paths
o Keep the altitudes adjusted to ground heights
o Click “Import”
• Your points (and perhaps tracks) should appear on the Google Earth map and listed under “Temporary Places” in the Places menu of Google Earth
To Edit points in Google Earth
• Find your GPS points in the Places menu and expand it (click the plus sign on the left)
• You should see a “Waypoints” folder, expand that as well.
o Now you should see the individual waypoints listed. Find the one you wish to edit and right-click on its name in the menu
♣ To delete that point, select “Delete”
♣ To edit that point, select “Properties”
• The Edit Placemark window will open. Here you can change the name, add or edit the description, change the symbol, color, size, etc. of the placemark. By panning the map, you can move the location of the placemark. When finished editing, click “OK” to save the changes.
To Save your Points from Google Earth
• Right-click on what you want to save (the whole GPS file, just the Waypoints, or one specific Waypoint), and select “Save Place As…”
o Navigate to the place on your computer that you wish to save the placemark, give the file a name, and click “Save”.
Once saved, you can double-click it to open it on any computer with Google Earth.
Save a Screenshot of Google Earth
• In Google Earth, go to Edit > Copy Image
o You can then go to Powerpoint, Word, or other program and Paste the map that was in the Google Earth window.
• If you wish to save it as a file, go to File > Save > Save Image.
o From there, simply navigate to where you wish to save the picture, select the file type (JPEG is the default), and give it a filename.