How To Enter Coordinates Into a Garmin eTrex H

by Adrian Grahams

The Garmin eTrex H handheld personal navigator uses GPS satellites to pinpoint your exact location on the Earth's surface and displays this location as longitude and latitude coordinates in degrees and minutes. You can enter the coordinates by marking them as a navigation waypoint on the device or as a permanent location stored in the memory. After saving your location coordinates as a temporary or permanent waypoint, use the Garmin eTrex H to navigate back to this position with the device. You can also used the saved waypoint information to calculate trip information, such as the distance you've traveled and your average speed.

Press the "Page" button to open the Menu screen.

Scroll to the "Mark" option with the "Up" and "Down" buttons.

Push the "Enter" button to record your current geographical coordinates or the coordinates in the position field on the Map screen as a waypoint. If you want to save the waypoint as a permanent location, follow the next steps to give the waypoint a symbol and memorable name so that you can easily find it in the future.

Scroll to the default waypoint symbol displayed at the top of the screen. Press the "Enter" button.

Select your preferred symbol from the available options. The eTrex offers a range of symbols, such as a home, viewpoint, mountain pass and forest symbols. Press the "Enter" button to save the symbol you selected.

Scroll to and highlight the existing numeric waypoint name, then press the "Enter" button.

Select a character, then press "Enter" to launch the letter selection screen. Select each letter to create a custom name for the waypoint, pressing the "Enter" button after each selection.

Select "OK" and "Enter" to save the waypoint with the name you selected.


  • If using the eTrex with a paper map, ensure the eTrex is set to use the same datum as the map. The eTrex supports the UTM/UPS and longitude/latitude grid formats and the WGS 84 horizontal map datum format. You can select the correct grid and map datum format from the eTrex Units screen.

About the Author

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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