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How does one add a custom icon to be used for a Favorite in a Garmin nüvi255W without having to resort to messing with the firmware? That process is more complicated that it's worth, requiring three or four different pieces of software.
From what I've gathered, a POI .csv file needs the lat/lon coordinates for each location in a category, i.e., Shell gas stations with a .bmp file associated as its symbol. What if I want to add the icon (Shell.bmp) I associate to a location not in the .csv?
The short answer is that you cannot add custom icons for Favorites on the GPS unit.
If you add files as Custom POIs, then it is quite easy to add an associated custom icon by following the instructions on the FAQs page.
Welcome to the site.
We usually recommend the following.
There is a "Learn" button in the upper right of this page next to "red light cameras" that takes you to a Getting Started page. It is worthwhile visiting this page.
To make navigation easy, most browsers provide the following option. When you want to follow a link - but still keep your current page open - you can hold down the "Ctrl" key as you left-click on a link. That action will open a new "Tab" in your browser up on the "Tab" bar. When you then left-click on that new "Tab", you will follow the link - leaving the "Tab" you are now reading open and available to click on and return here.
So, using the "Learn" link, you might try the "Ctrl" - left-click sequence and then return here. You can return by either "X-ing" out of the "Getting Started" page (using the "X" on the "Tab" itself) or just left-clicking on the "Tab" for the page you are on right now.
Note that the Learn Button will give you access to two valuable reference pages -
the "Index" to all of the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and the Glossary of Terms and Links.
Since you are new here, I encourage you to go through a couple of the Tutorials.
The first link makes sure the settings on your computer are such that you can do more advanced POI loading.
The next link helps you make a backup of your GPS by attaching it to your computer. (NEVER do anything to your GPS until you have a backup). It also assures that you put your (newer) unit into a state where you can see all of the folders there.
Now, MM has indicated that you cannot add a "Custom" Icon to a Favorite - emphasis on "Custom". I assume that you do know that you can change the Icon for a Favorite to one of the Icons Garmin provides for Favorites - assuming you like one of them.
For more information look at this site - http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.05.htm
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