How to Type in Street Names in a Garmin Nuvi

by Melissa King Images

The Garmin nuvi GPS guides you through unfamiliar areas with reliable turn-by-turn directions and keeps you from getting lost when you travel for work or leisure. The nuvi enables you to search for a location or address in several ways. For example, you can use the search bar to look up part or all of an address. The address search tool lets you find full street names, and the intersection search tool allows you to find addresses at crossroads.

Search Bar

Step 1

Press the Power button to turn on the Garmin nuvi and access the home screen.

Step 2

Tap "Where To?," then tap the search bar at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Type the street address and street name in the search bar using the on-screen keyboard.

Step 4

Enter the city and the state if you're searching for an address in another city. As you type, the nuvi displays results that match your search terms.

Tap the result that most closely matches your search term, or tap the magnifying glass icon to search with the text you entered.

Address Search

Step 1

Tap "Where To?," then tap "Address."

Step 2

Type the street number and touch "Next." Type the street name and tap "Next" again.

Step 3

Tap "Searching In" to change the city or state, if necessary.

Select an address from the list of search results displayed.

Intersection Search

Step 1

Tap "Where To?," then select "Intersections."

Step 2

Select a state or country to search, if necessary.

Step 3

Type the first street name of the intersection, then tap "Next." Select the street from the results list.

Type the name of the second street, then tap "Next." Select the street, then select the intersection from the results list.


  • If you don't know the street address of a location, the nuvi enables you to search by category. Tap "Where To?," then tap the search bar and type a category, such as restaurants or libraries. You can also search by business name.
  • To save a location, select it from the results list and tap the information "i" icon. Tap "Options" and "Save." Enter a name for the location and tap "Done." To quickly get directions to the location, tap "Where To?" and "Saved."


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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