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TomTom GO Manual - 7

TomTom GO Manual


The digital maps form the basis of everything your TomTom product can do and many functions make use of the map browser. This chapter explains how to move around in the browser and how to use it to set up destinations and search for things.

Browse map

Choose 'Browse map' Browse map now, to get started in the map browser. The map view is oriented in the same way as a paper map, i.e. with north 'upwards', and shows the usual cities, towns, major roads, streets, railway lines, rivers and lakes. Unlike a paper map, you can zoom in and out and vary the amount of detail shown. You can also overlay categories of Points Of Interest, Traffic information (if subscribed) and personal elements such as favorite locations and departure/destination points.

The main elements of the map browser are:
Scale bar
Cursor position
GPS button, choose this to re-center the map on your current GPS position
Zoom bar
Your current GPS position
Options button (described below)
Search button (described below)
Cursor button (described below)
A Point Of Interest, these will appear according to your own preferences .
Note: The appearance of the map and its associated controls will differ slightly when using live Traffic information (dimmed main colors, highlighted traffic delays). In addition, TomTom GO remote control or TomTom MOBILE users will see just two buttons, 'Options' and 'Done'. In these cases, choosing 'Options' brings up extra controls, including 'Use cursor...' and 'Find'.

Scroll around a map by dragging it with your finger (TomTom GO users), stylus (Navigator users) or by using your Navigator key (TomTom MOBILE users). Maps will usually be scaled for you, perhaps to encompass a recently-calculated route or to show details of a particular junction, but you can adjust the scale yourself if needed. If the zoom bar is showing, simply drag its handle Zoom handle up and down slowly. The map will be continuously zoomed in (when sliding down) and out (when sliding up) around the current cursor position. If the zoom bar is absent (TomTom MOBILE users or when TomTom GO is used with the optional remote control), press 'OK' to access the zoom functions.

Tip: Only a 'blocky' preview map is shown while you're changing the zoom level. The moment you lift your finger, the map is drawn properly in full detail.

Cursor functions

The cursor is the most valuable tool in the map browser. Select any spot on the map to place the cursor there. You can then do things with the current cursor position by using the cursor function .

After positioning the cursor, the nearest road segment is automatically highlighted in green and labeled, together with start and finish house numbers on each side of the road segment (if relevant).

Choose 'Navigate there' to plan a route from your current GPS position to the cursor position.

Choose 'Center on map' to make the cursor position the new map center, i.e. with your chosen spot in the center of the screen.

Choose 'Find nearby POI' to find the Point Of Interest nearest to the cursor position. As usual, icons are shown for the five categories that you've used most recently, use Arrow-head to bring up a list of all categories that are available. Within a category, use Arrow-head up and Arrow-head down to scroll through the list of all Points Of Interest, sorted according to their distance from your cursor position. Choose the one you want, to display it (or as near as it's possible to get to it using standard roads) in the centre of the map screen.

Choose 'Add as POI' to add the cursor position as a new POI item in one of your own categories. For example, adding a new company site to a 'Your offices' category. If you haven't yet created any categories, you'll be offered the chance to create one now.

Note: You can't add extra Points Of Interest to the built-in POI categories.

Choose 'Travel via...' to create a route that includes the cursor position.

Finally, and perhaps most usefully of all, tap on 'Add as favorite' to set the current cursor position as a favorite location. This can be invaluable for locations which don't have known or recognized addresses.

Finding locations on the map

Use the control ('Find') to scroll the map quickly to any specific location (Address, Recent destination, POI, etc.) In addition to centering the map on your chosen location, the zoom level is also reset to show the location in appropriately high detail.

You'll be familiar with the types of location that can be found. Note that the 'Point Of Interest' option finds and sorts items by distance from your current GPS position, not by distance from the center of the map or from the cursor position. To find Points Of Interest sorted by distance from the cursor position, see 'Find nearby POI' in Cursor functions, above.

Map options

Use the 'Options' button to customize the level of detail shown on the map. (If using TomTom MOBILE or the optional GO remote control, 'Options' is also your way into cursor and find functions, with 'Change preferences' giving you the options below.)

The choices made here will apply to all future displays of the map view.

Clearing the 'Names' check-box (it's ticked by default) will stop the display of relevant town and district names. Ticking 'Favorites' will pop up a yellow star for each favorite location (only on the map view). If TomTom Traffic is enabled, note you can tick 'Traffic' to show current traffic information on the map (whose appearance will be altered to highlight traffic delays).

You can turn on (or off) the display of 'Points Of Interest' on the map view by ticking its check box. Which Points Of Interest are displayed depends on the categories you have chosen to show. You can make this choice now, by selecting the 'POI' button, or later, using 'Manage POI' in Preferences.

Switching maps

Depending on which application package you purchased, there may be more than one map database available. If so, you can use 'Manage maps' in Preferences to switch maps or even download a new one.