How to Send Bing Maps to GPS

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Bing Maps, Microsoft's answer to the popular Google Maps, enables you to find points of interest and routes for your GPS unit, as well as browse the maps on your computer to find the shortest route between two points or find interesting locations. To send Bing Maps to your GPS unit, your device must support GPX data files. You also need to be able to upload the GPX file to your GPS unit. On some units, you can transfer the maps using Windows File Explorer, while other GPS devices require you to use the manufacturer's software.

  • Navigate to the Bing Maps page (see Resources), type the destination in the Search box at the top of the page and press "Enter" to open the location in Bing Maps. For example, if you want the map of New York, type "New York, USA" and press "Enter."

  • Click "My Places" next to "Directions" to open the My Places Editor dialog.

  • Click "New list" in the My Places Editor, enter a name for your new list -- "GPS maps," for example -- and click the "Save" button to create the list.

  • Click the "Save" link at the left, under the location, and choose the new list from the drop-down menu. Click "Save" again and make sure you see the "Item has been added to [your list name]" message.

  • Click "My Places" and then click your list to open it in the My Places Editor.

  • Click "Actions," click "Export" and then click "GPX." Save the GPX file on your hard drive.

  • Transfer the GPX file to your GPS unit. The exact process for transferring a GPX file to a GPS unit differs by device model and manufacturer. Refer to the manual that came with the device for information about transferring data to the device.

Tips & Warnings

  • Refer to the documentation that came with the GPS unit to find out if the device supports the GPX format.

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