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Settings & How-To: Garmin Oregon 700 & Oregon 750 & Oregon 750t

Joachim Bardua
Thursday, Aug 11

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How-to guide: All Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t settings explained! Recommendations, tips and informations for beginners and advanced users – your guide for a perfect Oregon 7×0 setup!

Tip: Before starting, back up your device. Connect the Oregon to a PC (USB cable is in the box), activate the mass storage mode (as described below, "System") and copy all files and folders to a save place on your hard disk.

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Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: System

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Settings: System

 

Satellite

Choose "GPS + GLONASS", "GPS" only for more battery life.

WAAS/EGNOS can provide a better accuracy in certain situations and is recommended for pilots and mariners. For outdoor activities you usually do not need WAAS/EGNOS signal corrections (WAAS is only available in North America, EGNOS in Europe).

BUT: Activate it, if your preference is "Enable all and hope the best!" (= GPS / GLONASS / WAAS / EGNOS).

Text Language

Your choice

Interface

"MTP" or "Garmin Spanner" is recommended.

MTP (Media Transfer Protocol):

  • When connecting to a PC, the Oregon activates mass storage mode, you get access to the internal and external storage.
  • In Windows explorer it appears like a smartphone, you do not need the safely remove function in Windows.
  • The gps device is supplied with energy when connecting to an external power source (e.g. AC charger).

Garmin Spanner:

  • The gps device is supplied with energy when connecting to an external power source (e.g. AC charger).
  • Connecting the handheld to a PC you get the screen "USB Cable Detected. Would you like to go to Mass Storage?" (screenshot below). "Yes": Activiting the mass storage, you get access to the file system and can copy data or install maps (e.g. with Garmin BaseCamp); "No": Device is powered by the external source.

Configure Keys

Configuration of the power key and the user key; you can add different functions to the keys. Depends on your personal preferences and the activity.

Mode

Select between "Activity" (standard setting) and "Classic" (our preferred mode). In the classic mode you can not choose between the different activities directly after the start up procedure. The interface is similar to the Oregon 6×0 when choosing the activity mode and you do not get the annoying pop-up for starting the track log!

Battery Type

Depends on your preferred battery type (menu is disabled when using the Garmin NiMH battery pack!):

  • Alkaline (not recommended)
  • Lithium (recommended for cold environments and long run-times), e.g. Energizer AA Ultimate
  • NiMH (for daily use)
  • Precharged NiMH, for NiMH batteries purchased as precharged (LSD, Low Self Discharge batteries), highly recommended, for daily use: e.g. Panasonic Eneloop AA

 

Screenshots (left to right)

  • Satellites: 02 – 32 GPS
  • Satellites: 02 – 32 GPS, 68 – 87 GLONASS
  • Satellites: 02 – 32 GPS, 49 EGNOS, 68 – 87 GLONASS; "D"device receives and uses EGNOS signal corrections
Oregon 7x0 GPS satellites
Oregon 7x0 GPS GLONASS
Oregon 7x0 GPS GLONASS EGNOS

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Display

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Settings: Display

Backlight Timeout

Turns the backlight off after a given time. Choose a timeout as short as possible to get more battery life, timeout should depend on your activity.

Orientation Lock

"Lock Portrait" is the best choice for most activities.

Screen Capture

Capturing screenshots, turn "off" except you need it.

Tip: after a tour you can capture your trip computer for saving the statistics (screenshots are saved in the device folder "GARMIN\SCRN")

Battery Save

The display turns completely off when you choose "On", depending on the time defined in "Backlight Timeout". Press a key for turning the display on again.

Recommendations: Activate e.g. for hiking (when you are rarely looking on the display), disable e.g. for mountain biking (when you want to have a quick glance on the display, in addition set "Backlight Timeout = Stays On").

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Appearance

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Settings: Appearance

Mode

Choose between "Auto, Day, Night":

  • Auto: Automatic switch between day / night colors (at sunset/-rise)
  • Day: color as defined in "Day Color"
  • Night: color as defined in "Night Color"

Day Color

It’s your choice

Night Color

It’s your choice

Landscape Controls

Position of controls when the display is in landscape mode, it’s your preference (screenshot below).

 

Screenshot

  • Landscape controls right

 

Oregon 7x0 landscape controls

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Bluetooth

Bluetooth Setup Oregon 7x0

Status

Enable for connecting a smartphone

Notifications

Enable / disable notifications on your Oregon

Forget Phone

Remove connection to your smartphone

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi settings Garmin Oregon

Wi-Fi

Enable / disable Wi-Fi (disable when not in use)

Add Network

Add new Wi-Fi network

Connected Network

Connected Wi-Fi network (by tapping you can remove it)

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Map

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Settings: Map

Configure Maps

Enable/Disable the installed maps (do not disable the worldwide basemap, it is necessary for the weather radar)

Orientation

Map orientation, depending on your activity (and profile):

  • North Up: North is always at the top of the display / page, independent of the device orientation.
  • Track Up: Direction of travel is always at the top of the page (recommended for active navigation and / or activities like cycling and geocaching)
  • Automotive Mode: Three dimensional look, direction of travel is always at the top of the page (recommended for automotive use)

 

Tip: You can change the orientation (north up / track up) by tapping the small white arrow on the map screen.

Dashboard

Choose between different informations (data fields, graphics) on top of the map. Depending on your activity and preferences, e.g. "Geocache" for geocaching.

Our preference is "Custom": "When Navigating > Small Data Fields", "When Not Navigating > None" (when you navigate you get four data fields; when not navigating the map is completely visible).

Screenshots below

Guidance Text

When navigating, a guidance text with informations like "Arriving at …" appears at the top of the map.

"Always" should be avoided, because the text "Ready to Navigate" covers the map, even without active navigation. Best choices are "When Navigating" or "Never", depending on you activity.

Map Speed

"Normal“, saves battery life and is sufficient

Advanced Setup

See next section

Map dashboard small data fields
Dashboard: small data fields
Map dashboard recreational
Dashboard: recreational
Map dashboard compass
Dashboard: compass
Map dashboard altimeter
Dashboard: altimeter

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Map – Advanced Setup

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings: Map Advanced

Detail

"Normal" map detail level is usually enough

Shaded Relief

The shaded relief provides a better visualization (e.g. hill-shades), but in deep woods the darker map screen can reduce the visibility.

For a better readability use "Do not show", otherwise choose "Show if Available" or at least "Auto" (shaded relief disappears when zooming in the map).

Screenshots below!

Vehicle

Symbol for the current position, your choice

Zoom Controls

  • Auto Zoom: turn it off (except for car driving)
  • Position of the +/- buttons for the map zoom (portrait mode only), turn off when you prefer multi-touch gestures.
  • Position of the +/- buttons for the map zoom (landscape mode only), turn off when you prefer multi-touch gestures.

Zoom Levels

Use "Auto"

Text Size

Use "Small" or "Medium", "Large" is usually too much.

Shaded relief on
Shaded relief on
Shaded relief off
Shaded relief off

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Recording

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Recording

Record Method

Recommendation: "Auto" (good choice for most outdoor activities), "Distance" is recommended for hiking, "Time" when using the device as a data logger for geotagging.

Interval

Settings for the track log recording rate depend on the "Record Method", the combination "Auto / Normal" is sufficent, for hiking e.g. "Distance / 10 m / 0.01 mi"

Auto Pause

When using "Auto Pause", the device pauses tracking below a speed of 2,4 km/h / 1,5 mph (default speed can be customized). Should be disabled e.g. when hiking slowly up steep mountains.

Auto Start

Starts recording automatically after power on and acquiring the GPS position.

Tip: When using "Auto Start", reset the activity (track log) immediately before starting the tour (first determined position might be some meters off your current position).

Advanced Setup

Next section!

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Recording Advanced Setup

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Recording advanced setup

Output Format

"Activities (FIT)" or "Tracks (GPX/FIT)"; GPX/FIT is the recommended setting for all activities.

Worth knowing:

  • "Activities (FIT)": After saving the current activity, you find a new activity in the "Activity History".
  • "Tracks (GPX/FIT)": After saving the current activity, you find a new track in the "Track Manager" and a new activity in the "Activity History".
  • The "Track Manager" has some more options compared to the "Activity History" (color of a track in the map, show / do not show a track on the map).
  • Tracks and activities can be selected in the "Where To?" menu for navigation ("Tracks", "Recording").
  • Activities in the "Activity History" can be saved as tracks; after saving they are listed in the "Track Manager" and can be selected in the "Where To?" menu for navigation.
  • Track files are saved in the device folder "Garmin\GPX" in the gpx file format (you have access to the folders when the device is in mass storage mode).
  • Activity files are saved in the device folder "Garmin\Activity" in the fit file format.

Auto Archive

Recommended "When Full"

Trip Recording

Choose "When Tracking" (trip computer recording is active when starting an activity (= track log), suitable for most activities); "Always"might be interesting for activities like geocaching (trip computer is always active, independent from the track log).

Recorded Data Set

"Prompted" is recommended (you can clear the current activity (= track log) and/or the trip data, independent of each other); "Track and Trip": you clear the current activity and the trip data together.

Screenshots below

Screenshots (left to right)

  • Recorded Data Reset: "Activity and Trip"
  • Recorded Data Reset: "Prompted"
Reset Activity and Trip
Reset recorded data: prompted

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Routing

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Setup Routing

Activity

Choose your preferred activity for calculating the route to the destination (dependent on the current activity, e.g. "Hiking" for a hiking activity)

  • "Direct Routing": straight line from your current position to the destination (e.g. waypoint, geocache) or from point to point (e.g. waypoint to waypoint when navigating along a multipoint route). Direct routing is independent from trails, streets etc. on the map ("over hill and dale").
  • "Cycling, Hiking, …": Autorouting to the destination, along trails, streets etc. (requires a routable map)
  • "Prompted": After setting the destination you can choose the activity, e.g. "Direct Routing", "Tour Cycling", … (calculation method is automatically set to "Prompted")

Calculation Method

Depends on the activity and your preferences ("Prompted": you can select the calculation method after setting the destination)

Lock On Road

"No", except for activities like road cycling or automobile driving (snaps the position to the nearest road / trail).

Off Route Recalculation

When you detour from the calculated route the device recalculates a new route; choose the setting in dependency of the activity, e.g. "automatic" for automobile.

Avoidance Setup

Types of roads or transportations (e.g. ferry) you want to avoid.

Route Transitions

This screen is only active when you use "Direct Routing" as activity.

"Auto" is normally fine

  • "Auto": automatic transition to the next point of a multipoint route
  • "Manual": manual transition to the next point of a multipoint route (function "Active Route")
  • "Distance": when you are within the entered distance the device leads you to the next waypoint of a multipoint route

 

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Tones

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Setup Tones

Tones

Recommendation: Tones "On"

Message Beep

Choose one, the message beep keeps you informed e.g. when the battery is low or the gps signal lost.

Turn Warnings

Choose different tones; warnings appear when navigating with routes from waypoint to waypoint or when using autorouting (turn "Early / Final Turn Warning" off when you do not need it)

Proximity Alarms

Different options, e.g. when approaching a POI (turn "Proximity Tones" off when not in use)(highly sophisticated topic, have a look Garmin warnings and alarms, in German)

Garmin Oregon 600 / 650 Settings: Heading

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Setup heading

Display

"Directional Letters" or "Numeric Degrees" are the best choices for many outdoor activities ("Mils" for special military use cases)

North Reference

Only relevant when navigating with compass and paper map (use the standard "True")

Go To Line

Use "Bearing" (small / medium / large is your choice), "Course / CDI" (Course Deviation Indicator) e.g. for sea kayaking

Compass

Use "Auto" ("Off" when you do not need the compass, might save some battery)

Calibrate Compass

Calibrate the compass at the starting point

 

Screenshots (left to right)

  • Compass: Bearing small, Directional Letters
  • Compass: Bearing medium, Numeric Degrees
  • Compass: Bearing large, Mils
  • Compass: Course / CDI, Numeric Degrees
Compass: Bearing small, Directional Letters
Compass: Bearing medium, Numeric Degrees
Oregon 7x0 compass bearing large, mils
Compass: Course / CDI, numeric degrees

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Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Altimeter

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Setup Altimeter

Auto Calibration

"Auto Calibration" item is not visible when "Barometer Mode" = "Fixed Elevation".

  • Off: auto calibration turned off
  • Once: auto calibration after starting the device (requires valid GPS position and GPS height)
  • Continuous: using GPS continuously for calibration

Recommended altimeter calibration methods for outdoor activities:

  • 1st choice: Manually by entering the elevation at your starting point and recalibration on tour (e.g. elevations from mountain tops)(auto calibration "off")
  • 2nd choice: Manually by entering the elevation at your starting point, on tour use "continuous" auto calibration
  • 3rd choice: "continuous" auto calibration ("Once" for short trips and stable weather conditions)

Barometer Mode

Altimeter: "Variable Elevation"

Barometer: "Fixed Elevation"

Plot Type

Altimeter: "Elevation / Time" or "Elevation / Distance";

Barometer: "Barometric Pressure" (= ambient pressure calibrated to sea level, not compensate for humidity or temperature, use preferably) or "Ambient Pressure" (sensor reading from the unit).

Calibrate Altimeter

Calibrate the altimeter by using one of these data:

  • "Current Elevation" (e.g. from a paper or digital map)
  • "Correct Pressure" (e.g. from weather data)
  • "Current GPS Altitude" (from your Oregon device; tip: wait some minutes after power on)

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Geocaching

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Setup Geocaching

Geocaching Live

Next section!

Geocache Style

Preferably choose "Show Names" (e.g. "Welcome to Bavaria" instead of "GC2NJG9")

chirp Searching

"Off", except you are using a Garmin Chirp

Program chirp

Programming the chirp.

Filter Setup

Define filters for geocaches, e.g. for traditional geocaches

Found Geocaches

Number of found geocaches (automatically added, but you can manually edit the number by touching the menu item)

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Geocaching Live

Oregon 7x0: Geocaching Live setup

1st. item

Your Geocaching.com username

Unregister Device

Remove the device authorization from your Geocaching.com profile.

Remove Live Data

Removes the live geocache data from your device (not the manually loaded geocaches).

Geocache Lists

Lists all "Ready for Download" pocket queries; queries can be synced with the Oregon or removed from the Oregon.

Auto Upload Logs

Uploading your logs to your Geocaching.com profile (incl. comments).

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: ANT Sensor

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Setup ANT Sensor

"Off", except you want to pair / use a monitor

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Fitness

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Setup Fitness

Auto Lap

A new lap will start automatically, depending on the defined distance

Activity Type

Select your current activity type (helpfull for uploading the data to Garmin Connect; e.g. you can filter your activities by the activity type)

User

Define your user profile (age, weight, …)

HR Zones

Set your heart rate zones (the Oregon calculates the zones dependant on the max. heart rate or can be individually set).

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Marine

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Setup Marine

Marine Chart Mode

Depends on the used maps (e.g. Garmin BlueChart) and the activity („Fishing“, „Nautical“); otherwise turn it "off".

(screenshots: left „Nautical“, right „Fishing“)

Garmin Bluechart g2: Kiel harbour, nautical Garmin Bluechart g2: Kiel harbour, fishing

 

Appearance

Different map settings (sorry, no experiences!)

Marine Alarm Setup

Different marine alarms, e.g. anchor drag alarm

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Shortcuts

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Know-how Shortcuts

Shortcuts

Create / Change / Delete shortcuts (fast access to different functions). You can add the shortcuts to the main menu or assign them to the hardkeys. How-to (not all steps are mandatory):

  • Create Shortcut
  • Name: Rename as you like
  • Icon: Choose an icon
  • Profile: Assign it to an activity (or none)
  • Setup: Assign one or more functions
  • Where To?: Choose a destination (e.g. your home)
  • Application: Assign an application to the new shortcut

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Data Screens

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Know-how Main Menü

Data Screens

Main Menu Configuration: Select / Add / Remove / Move the screens you need in your main menu – but keep it simple, less is more!In classic mode you can choose between more elements

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Position Format

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Know-how Position Format

Position Format

Format for coordinates. For geocaching and marine use "hddd°mm.mmm'“, otherwise "UTM UPS

Map Datum

WGS 84”, except for working with paper maps

Map Spheroid

WGS 84”, except for working with paper maps

 

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Units

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings Units

Your choice, depending on you region, activity, …

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Time

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings Time

Time Format

Your choice

Time Zone

Automatic” is recommended.

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Accessibility

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings Accessibility

Touch Sensitivity

Use "Normal", "Glove" is recommended when wearing gloves (e.g. long finger gloves for cycling).

Review Text Size

Use "Normal", "Big" changes the font size and might be too big (e.g. for geocache descriptions).

Scroll Controls

When activated you get additional arrows for scrolling, e.g. below geocache descriptions; your choice, might be helpful when wearing gloves.

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Activities

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Activities

Activities

Creating / Deleting / Naming / Moving activities

  • Recommendation: Leave the Garmin default activities as is and create your own activity profiles.
  • How-to create an activity: Activate a default Garmin activity similar to your desired activity (e.g. "Recreational", function "Activity Change"), go to "Setup > Activities > Create Activity", your new activity has the same settings as the previously activated "Recreational" activity, then you can rename and tweak the new activity as you like.

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Reset

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Reset

Reset Trip Data

Deleting the the trip data (e.g. "trip odometer, ascent total", but not the "odometer" = all recorded distance by the device). Does not delete the current activity (= track log).

Delete All Waypoints

Deletes all waypoints stored in the device.

Clear Current Activity

Clears the current activity (= track log), but not the trip data.

Reset Activity Type

Resets the active (actually used) activity to the default settings.

Reset all Settings

Reset all settings (restores the gps device to factory default settings).

Screenshot: "Current Activity", a powerfull tool e.g. for deleting or saving the current activity (active track log) and / or trip data.

Current activity recording

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: About

Garmin Oregon 600 650 Settings: About

About

Software version, unit ID, licence informations

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Trip Computer

INFO

Different choices to tweak the trip computer by touching the hamburger icon in the lower right (options see 1st. screenshot).

Setup Trip Computer

You can change the overall layout, add or remove new pages and change the data field content (2nd. screenshot).

Change Dashboard

Change the dashboard, e.g. "Geocache" for geocaching (3rd. screenshot).

Oregon 7x0: trip computer settings
Oregon 7x0: trip computer settings 2
Oregon 7x0: trip computer settings 3

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22 Comments

  1. Hi, how to I activate the turn warnings or off course alerts when following a route or track

    Reply
    • Hi,
      you get turn warnings and off course alerts only when following a route, not a track! Use an activity like "Cycling" and use "prompted" or "automatic" for "Off Route Recalculation" (Routing settings).
      Cheers

      Reply
  2. Do you have to save a route after backtracking and can you reuse the same route again

    Reply
    • You mean "TracBack"? You have to save the tracklog (current activity) after returning to the beginning.

      Reply
  3. Hi. Thanks for a very informative article. Under the Altimeter settings, will you please clarify in your first choice, why turn off continuous calibration after the initial manual calibration? Seems like turning on continuous calibration would lead to better accuracy. Thanks!

    Reply
  4. I’m having an anomaly with my Oregon 700. I can’t see the installed maps: they are all almost empty, that is, it seems to display only the global map, yet on BASECAMP I see them well. Maybe I should try reinstalling all oregon 700 software but I don’t know how to do it.?

    Reply
    • Hi, no, I would not reinstall the software! I guess you did not activate the additional maps in the map settings ("Configure Maps").
      Cheers

      Reply
      • This is precisely the problem: whether I activate the maps or that I deactivate them, the display always remains the same, basically it is as if I had only activated Worldwide DEM Basecamp map (while the "Openfietsmaps Lite" and "OSM Generic maps routable" I display them well on the PC with BaseCamp but not in my Oregon).. Where is the problem?

        Reply
  5. Why is there no index? Tried using search but it goes outside of the page and gives irrelevant info.

    Reply
    • This is precisely the problem: whether I activate the maps or that I deactivate them, the display always remains the same, basically it is as if I had only activated Worldwide DEM Basecamp map (while the "Openfietsmaps Lite" and "OSM Generic maps routable" I display them well on the PC with BaseCamp but not in my Oregon).. Where is the problem?

      Reply
      • Sorry for the incorrect entry of my comment

        Reply
  6. Thank you very much for this, very useful. How do I know whether I am using the most recent software on my Garmin Oregon 700. Currently I am using Software Version 4.20 and where do I get the most recent version?

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  7. Hi there, really helpful for setting up my new Garmin Oregon 750t. Having one problem and wondered if you can help. In battery save mode it turns off fine pressing the button on the side, but when I press the button again to retrieve map it is only showing a blank white screen. Would really appreciate advice. Many thanks

    Reply
    • Hi, yes, I have heard about this problem, but we did not found a solution (may be a strange combination of settings?); do you have the latest software installed? If it is a new device i would send it back.
      cheers

      Reply
    • some news, this problem should be solved with the last software-update!

      Reply
  8. Are there any plans for a Montana 680T version ?

    Reply
    • Hi,
      no, it’s not planned!

      Reply
      • Thanks for such great sharing. This really helps me a lot as a new user of the Oregon 750 on the set up.

        Wonder u can give me a tip on how to increase the contrast of the contour lines against the background which is pale green in colour when using the topography map for hiking.

        Pls go to the map of Penang Island, Malaysia & find the following coordinates:

        N 05°25.984′
        E 100°16.114′
        (Old Crag Hotel Trail)

        U should be able to see that because of the colour of the contour lines against the background colour of the hill make them hard to differentiate.

        Hope u can help me out of this problem.

        Thank you.

        Reply
    • I have new oregon 750t. Why theris no selection campings under lodging menu?

      Reply
  9. Thank you for a very complete and informative page!

    Reply

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