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

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author: Joachim Bardua
August 11, 2016

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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 7x0 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.

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings 1

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings 1

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Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings 2

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Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings 3

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings 4

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings 4

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: System

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Settings: System
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).

Your choice

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.
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.
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 6x0 when choosing the activity mode and you do not get the annoying pop-up for starting the track log!
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
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.
Lock Portrait” is the best choice for most activities.

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“)

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
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
It’s your choice
It’s your choice
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
Enable for connecting a smartphone
Enable / disable notifications on your Oregon
Remove connection to your smartphone

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

Wi-Fi settings Garmin Oregon
Enable / disable Wi-Fi (disable when not in use)
Add new Wi-Fi network
Connected Wi-Fi network (by tapping you can remove it)

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Map

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Settings: Map
Enable/Disable the installed maps (do not disable the worldwide basemap, it is necessary for the weather radar)
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.

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

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.

Normal“, saves battery life and is sufficient
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
Normal” map detail level is usually enough

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!

Symbol for the current position, your choice
  • 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.
Use “Auto
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
Recommendation: “Auto” (good choice for most outdoor activities), “Distance” is recommended for hiking, “Time” when using the device as a data logger for geotagging.
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
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.

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).

Next section!

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

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Recording advanced setup

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.
Recommended “When Full
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).

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
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“)
Depends on the activity and your preferences (“Prompted“: you can select the calculation method after setting the destination)
“No”, except for activities like road cycling or automobile driving (snaps the position to the nearest road / trail).
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.
Types of roads or transportations (e.g. ferry) you want to avoid.

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
Recommendation: Tones “On
Choose one, the message beep keeps you informed e.g. when the battery is low or the gps signal lost.
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)
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
Directional Letters” or “Numeric Degrees” are the best choices for many outdoor activities (“Mils” for special military use cases)
Only relevant when navigating with compass and paper map (use the standard “True“)
Use “Bearing” (small / medium / large is your choice), “Course / CDI” (Course Deviation Indicator) e.g. for sea kayaking
Use “Auto” (“Off” when you do not need the compass, might save some battery)
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

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Altimeter

Garmin Oregon 7x0 Setup Altimeter
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)

Altimeter: “Variable Elevation

Barometer: “Fixed Elevation

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 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
Next section!
Preferably choose “Show Names” (e.g. “Welcome to Bavaria” instead of “GC2NJG9“)
Off“, except you are using a Garmin Chirp
Programming the chirp.
Define filters for geocaches, e.g. for traditional 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
Your Geocaching.com username
Remove the device authorization from your Geocaching.com profile.
Removes the live geocache data from your device (not the manually loaded geocaches).
Lists all “Ready for Download” pocket queries; queries can be synced with the Oregon or removed from the Oregon.
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 heart rate monitor
Off“, except you need it
Off“, except you need it
Off“, except you are using a combined Speed / Cadence sensor
Off“, except you need it

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Fitness

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Setup Fitness
A new lap will start automatically, depending on the defined distance
Select your current activity type (helpfull for uploading the data to Garmin Connect; e.g. you can filter your activities by the activity type)
Define your user profile (age, weight, …)
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
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

Different map settings (sorry, no experiences!)
Different marine alarms, e.g. anchor drag alarm

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Shortcuts

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Know-how 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
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
Format for coordinates. For geocaching and marine use “hddd°mm.mmm’“, otherwise “UTM UPS
WGS 84”, except for working with paper maps
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, …
Your choice, depending on you region, activity, …
Your choice, depending on you region, activity, …
Your choice, depending on you region, activity, …
Your choice, depending on you region, activity, … (Hectopascals: international unit)
Your choice, depending on you region, activity, …

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Time

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings Time
Your choice
Automatic” is recommended.

Garmin Oregon 700 / 750 / 750t Settings: Accessibility

Garmin Oregon 700 750 750t Settings Accessibility
Use “Normal“, “Glove” is recommended when wearing gloves (e.g. long finger gloves for cycling).
Use “Normal“, “Big” changes the font size and might be too big (e.g. for geocache descriptions).
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
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
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).
Deletes all waypoints stored in the device.
Clears the current activity (= track log), but not the trip data.
Resets the active (actually used) activity to the default 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
Software version, unit ID, licence informations

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

Different choices to tweak the trip computer by touching the hamburger icon in the lower right (options see 1st. screenshot).
You can change the overall layout, add or remove new pages and change the data field content (2nd. screenshot).
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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  1. Thank you for a very complete and informative page!

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