Creating POI files


correct output

Has anyone run into the problem with not getting the correct visual output as expected?
I've been playing and ran into something I can't figure out.
Everything looks fine, until I get to the page with the "GO" button. On some of those entries the name field is showing up twice in the larger sized font. The description field shows up below the name and in the smaller font like it is supposed too.

........Garmin StreetPilot c550 / Nüvi 765...........

POI Files

Can I edit a POI file that has been downloaded from this site? I would like to add other red light camera data and school speed zones. Thanks.
Frank H.

Updating Google Earth

Is there any advantage to updating Google Earth from the free version? I want to use Google Earth to find locations for making POI files. From what I can tell the paid version is only useful for finding POI and loading them to find locations on your GPS. I want to find them and create a POI file to use on my GPS.


Garmin DriveSmart 61

Uploading problems

I have created a POI file and it shows as CSV but when I try to upload the file the website tells me that I am uploading a txt file. I have check the file attributes and check the extension in DOS and the extension is csv. Anyone know what else I can try to get the file to upload properly?

Downloading POI to GPS

I am new as of today to this forum. I have a lot to learn. First question: If you download a POI to your GPS, is it just one POI or is it several or hundreds of POI in one? How can you tell if multi POI's are in one downlaod? Again, sorry if I ask stupid questions. I am just new to the create your own POI thing. Thanks for your patience.


Creating a POI File

I am trying to experiment with creating a POI file. It seems I can't create a .CSV file in Notepad or Microsoft Excel.

How do you do a save as and make the file extension .CSV.

Does the POI loader automaticallly do this when you load the file into your GPS. What file extension do you use to make the file? ----------------Earl Leeson

Earl Leeson Dallas, Texas Garmin Nuvi 360 (wife) Garmin Nuvi 660 (Me)

What is the easiest way to wrap text in csv file?

Hello all,

What is the easiest way of wraping text in CSV format file. I tried to do it in Excel but when I try to save the file, it gives warning that this file is not in proper csv format anymore. In Excel, I used Cell Format and then used Text wrap.

Iphone 7, Drivesmart 61 - LMTS, Nuvicam, Nuvi 3597LMTHD,765T,1490LMT

Upload help

Hi, I'm having a problem uploading a file here. I used google earth to find the locations and saved as a kml file. Than used poiedit to load it. I than hit save as garmin csv. Everything looks ok. I go here and try to upload and I get this error.

POI File must have a .csv extension. Your file ends with .txt

The file name does end in .csv but for some reason it wont let me upload. Any

Travel Centers and weigh stations POI's lack interstate, exit#, and mile marker in the name. This mean you have to guess ...

Travel Centers and weigh stations POI's lack useful and important interstate, exit#, and mile marker information in the (name) not the description. This mean you have to do a lot of guessing and clicking on irrevolent POI's because someone is making them all with the same name. Example: In the POI called "Pilot Locations" they all say "pilot Locations". You have to click on them one by one to see if you can find all the pilots on your route. A much more useful name would be...Pilot AL I-65 exit 163 or Pilot TX US-70 MM 148. The weigh Stations should be named WS AL I-20 MM 213. That way you know which one to click on without having to use the process of elimination.

Database Converstion - Dark Skies....

Hi -

I wonder how it might be easiest to make this into a Garmin-capable CSV dataset? Will Garmins ignore extra 'staff' in databases such as here:



Paul, in Flagstaff AZ; Garmin Nuvi 255W, Kenwood (Garmin) 512, Garmin c550/traffic, c330, i3, V, III-Pilot, III+, many military models various mfgrs

Distant Differences

I have a question that has been bothering me since I became a GPS and POI up loader. When I look at the POI's I created and uploaded here and compare the distance that the Garmin 660 says and then when I go to map quest and sometimes it major distance like 50-60 miles, even though I double and triple check that I have the right decimal coordinates.... How can this be? Any answers would be appreciated.

NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

Red Light Cameras

Can somebody give me some instructions on how to download red light cameras from this site to my computer, then into my Garmin C530. I am stupid when it comes to doing this. Directions in can print out and use would be so, so helpful.

How to get addresses in after using Google Earth?

I've tried to compile a list of the "GameStop" locations around northern California and I've got the list saved as .kml from Google Earth. First of all, how do I copy the adresses in, and second, is there a way to do this in a "bulk" sort of way without having to go to every single location and manually type in the address.

What is the best way to type in addresses, using Excel, POI Edit, or what?

Changing the distance for a speed or redlight alert

How do you change the distance from the .25 mi default that is set for alerts for Speed or Redlights?

Tou Yurkovic Nuvi 660

Magellan POI Editor

I am having trouble saving a POI file with this editor. I have imported the walmart.csv file and it shows all of the locations properly. However, when I try to save the file as a .MGLN it only saves one location in the new file. I have loaded the file to my GPS unit and verified only one location is there. I have tried highlighting all of the locations and then saving with the same result. What am I doing wrong? Any help is appreciated.

Garmin POI line breaks

I've been through the help docs and nothing seems to work for getting multi-line poi comments for my nuvi 360.

I'm using notepad to create the csv files. Here is a sample entry:

-76.616122,39.409972,ATowson,"700 A Drive
A, MD 21204
-76.616122,39.409972,BTowson,"700 B Drive
B, MD 21204
-76.616122,39.409972,CTowson,"700 C Drive
C, MD 21204

POI Database Tool 1/10

For those of you who are using the POI Database tool, you'll notice a few changes. I just installed an updated version with these new features:

- Downloaded POI files will show a POI ID# if a name is not entered for a POI

- The fourth column (description) field for downloaded POI files now includes information from the notes field (along with the address and phone number)

- Added a download counter (visible to authorized maintainers on the POI Type Locations screen)

Creating POI's (only shows 50 locations)

On my last creation "Community Colleges", I am missing about 7 places that don't show up in the Nuvi660 and I can't figure it out.. Would appreciate some help again in creating .csv files using Excel or notepad.. I just can't seem to put my finger on it.

NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

New member new Nuvi owner confused-computer defaults to excel regardless when downloading POI

Hi! I have a Nuvi 360. I downloaded the POI Loader software from Garmin, went to your website, joined, and attempted to download. I read your garmin poi loader instructions (very well written, thanks!!!!) but contrary to what the instructions say, whether i right or left click on the file, save computer automatically catalogs it as an excel file. Is that ok? will the nuvi recognize it? I thought it HAD to be in csv format?

"It is well to remember that the universe, with one trifling exception, is comprised of others!"

Creating POI files in Google Earth

Do you need to buy Google Earth Plus in order to get the coordinates??? I am having trouble using Google Earth, can anyone help??? I have your directions but I dont get it!!!

Any help would be great!!!


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