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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 05 janv. 2005 : 14:38:45
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Version 2007 (older versions bellow)

  • 1. Start with GPS enabled

  • Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 2. Change the Voice

  • Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Speech > Text To Speech > Voice Selection. Select the voice type that suits you and click “Apply”.

  • 4. Safety Warning

  • The Safety Warning may be an annoyance, but most navigation software products use it these days. It's considered a safety feature and a legal protection of sort. An easy way to close it is by hitting A-key to Agree to the warning ;-)

  • 5. Automatic Re-Routing

  • It is now possible to add automatic route recalculation feature into your Streets & Trips 2007 or AutoRoute 2007. Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 6. Compatibility with other GPS receivers

    • 1. If you have a GPS receiver that came with any previous version of Microsoft Streets & Trips w/GPS Locator, Microsoft AutoRoute w/GPS Locator, or Microsoft MapPoint w/GPS Locator, the same GPS receiver will work just fine with the current 2007 version. However, if you often experience loss of GPS signal, you may consider upgrading to the new GPS receiver included in the 2007 version. The new GPS unit has much improved sensitivity to the weak GPS signals due to it being is based on the new SiRFstarIII chipset.

    • 2. If you have a non-Microsoft GPS receiver, chances are good it will work, too. Microsoft doesn’t use any proprietary protocol to prevent users from using 3rd party GPS receivers (or GPS “locators” as Microsoft calls them). As long as your GPS receiver uses the NMEA standard, it should be compatible. Most receivers on the market today are NMEA compatible.

  • 7. Customize how Streets & Trips opens

  • You can customize how MS Streets & Trips or MS AutoRoute opens. For example you may prefer that it opens zoomed into a specific map area, shows Route Planner pane, uses larger font size, etc.

    1. Create a new map or modify an existing map with the features you'd like to see whenever you open a new map.

    2. On the File menu, click Save As.

    3. In the Save in box, browse to Program Files\Microsoft Streets & Trips \Templates, and click New North American Map.stt.

    4. Click the arrow next to the Save as type box, and then choose Map Template from the list.

    5. Click Save

    6. When prompted about replacing New North American Map.stt, click Yes.

    Your map replaces the Streets & Trips default template.

    Save location for MS AutoRoute is Program Files\Microsoft AutoRoute\Templates\New European Map.axt

  • 8. Add new hotkeys for GPS navigation

  • The tasks which normally require many keystrokes and/or mouse-clicks are now achievable by a press of a single key on your keyboard. Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 9. Cannot find roads of the following types: Crescent, Square, Terrace, Place

  • When searching for 123 Paul Street you only need to type 123 Paul. There is no need to specify the road type, e.g. Street, Avenue, Drive, Road, Boulevard, etc. However, when searching for Crescent, Square, Terrace, Place, unless you at least type the first letter of the road type, the program will not locate it. To locate e.g. 123 Guillaume Place, type at least: 123 Guillaume P

  • 10. How to search for intersections

  • To find an intersection, type two street names, separated by an ampersand (&), in the Street address box. For example, to find an intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, type Yonge ST & Finch Ave. To do it even simpler, all you need to do is type: yonge&finch.

  • 11. Different ways to zoom in or out

    • Double-click a name of a place on the map to zoom in on that area.

    • Drag your mouse pointer diagonally on the map to select an area. Click inside the selected area to zoom in.

    • Use the wheel button to zoom in or out. Roll the wheel button forward to zoom in. Roll the wheel button backward to zoom out. If you need to change the zoom level in smaller increments, first click on the Zoom Slider on the Navigation toolbar, then use the mouse wheel.

      To move the map, hold the wheel button down and drag the mouse pointer in the direction you want.

    • Use (+) and (-) key to change the zoom level. If you need to change the zoom level in smaller increments, first click on the Zoom Slider on the Navigation toolbar, then use the left or right arrow keys to change the zoom level.

  • 12. How to search for highway exit numbers

  • To search for highway exits the following should work:

    I-80 & 14 (or just: i80&14), but 80 & 14 format will not work

    Hwy-400 & 25 (or just: hwy400&25), but 400 & 25 will not work

    As always, the correct country needs to be selected in the Find dialog box.

  • 13. How to set Night Stops in a long distance trip spanning several days

  • If you plan a long distance trip that spans over several days, the program automatically generates "Night Stops" for you. They appear as yellow moons inside blue squares along your route.

    Yes, you can "customize" where and when you stop for the night. The initial "Night Stops" are generated based on your time set in: Menu bar > Route > More Options > Profile > End driving at. You may change the Start, End, and Flexibility time values. For maximum flexibility you may want to set the Flexibility value to 2 hours. When you are happy with your settings, follow these steps:

    1. Enter all your stops including start and end in the Route Planner

    2. In the Route Planner right-click the Stop you want to be the last one for the day, click "Schedule Stop", put checkmark in front of "Stop for", then instead of "Hrs:Mins" select "Nights". Do the same with all Stop locations at which you plan to spend the night

    3. Click "Get Directions" to generate your route.

    4. If you still see some blue/yellow night-stop icons, you may want to increase the "Flexibility" value or set your Start/End time values to allow for more hours of driving in a day

  • 14. Detour around an area

  • By drawing Avoid Area rectangles we can modify our route very easily and fast. A task that could quite often take a long time to complete using other software, can be done in the Microsoft program with ease and only in just few seconds. Read more in the middle of page 2

  • 15. Driving among tall buildings

  • Most GPS receivers these days are not yet sensitive enough to work properly in some environments. You may notice temporary loss of signal when driving in the midst of tall buildings. Or you may have only few satellites in view with very weak signal. Occasionally your position may jump from one street on the map to another street.

    In such situations I find it very helpful to disable "Rotate map to follow travel direction" feature, and just view the map the "normal way", which is: "north-up".

    There is now a one-click solution to switch to the "North-up" mode and back. Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 16. Share one GPS between several applications

  • GpsGate lets you share one GPS receiver between several applications. If you would like to run more then one GPS program simultaneously, this little utility software will make it possible for you without having to buy another GPS receiver. You may even open for example Streets & Trips twice on your desktop and watch your position on two maps in different zoom levels. You may set one instance of the program to rotate map in the direction of travel and the second instance may display the map north-up. Read more here There is also a free alternative to GPS Gate. Read about it here.

  • 17. Map errors and what to do with them

  • While we cannot edit the underlying map properties, we may let the map makers know about the errors we find. There is more than one way to do that. Read about it here

  • 18. How to fine-tune ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)

  • I noticed that the default settings in the versions 2005 and newer all generate a bit too optimistic ETA. You may change Speed settings in Menu bar > Route > More Options > Driving Speeds. To find out what the Slower, Average, Faster, and all the settings in-between mean read more in the middle of page 2

  • 19. Garmin USB GPS receivers & how to use them

  • If you cannot get your Garmin USB GPS receiver working with your Microsoft program, it may be because your Garmin likely doesn’t use NMEA protocol. Now there may be a solution: click here

  • 20. Construction Update feature not working

  • If the built-in feature doesn't work for some reason, you may still update construction information manually. Follow the instructions outlined >>here<<

  • 21. My computer thinks my GPS receiver is a mouse

  • If your Windows 2000 computer recognizes your USB GPS receiver as a computer mouse you may need to unplug the GPS device from the USB port during boot-up and only re-insert after boot-up is completed.

  • 22. Export to other formats (Garmin, Excel, etc)

  • Yes, it is possible to export pushpins from MS Streets & Trips and from MS AutoRoute, into other formats. Check the following three links: one, two, three

  • 23. Why are house numbers sometimes located far from their actual position?

  • In applications based on map data provided by NavTeq you may notice that streets usually end with numbers 99. For example if the highest number on your street is 12345, maps based on NavTeq data will likely allow you to search the street up to the number of 12399. Some non NavTeq software products try to use actual street number ranges, but in my experience that is a much worse alternative as often times I have been unable to successfully search for a street number which did exist, but was not in the map because the street number might have belonged to a newer building. A NavTeq solution does allow for a new house to be built at the end of a street tomorrow, and still be searchable with a map product purchased yesterday. The only disadvantage (not really a big one, though) is that accuracy at the end of a street may be affected. You may notice this if you live at a very short street which has only a handful of houses on it and numbers really range only from e.g. 1 to 20. If your house is e.g. #20, the map will not show your house as being at the very end of your street because the very end is reserved for number 99. Not a perfect solution, but it is the best there is today in comparison to other alternatives ;-)

  • 24. How to plan a group bicycle ride or a walk-a-thon, etc

  • A bicycle ride director shares his tips on using Microsoft Streets & Trips to do his job. Follow this link: >click<

  • 25. Print large maps

  • The following link has information for people who need to capture and/or print large maps from MS Streets & Trips, MS AutoRoute, and MS MapPoint: >click here<

  • 26. Solution for GPS receivers not supporting 4,800 baud rate

  • If your GPS receiver does not communicate at 4800 bps baud rate, MS Streets & Trips will give you the following error message: "The GPS receiver is sending messages, but they are not being recognized as NMEA 2.0-compatible. Make sure the GPS receiver input/output format is set to deliver NMEA 2.0-compatible messages at the correct baud (4800 bps)."
    GPS Gate solves this problem. Read more here: >>click<<

  • 27. RV and Truck Routing

  • Now that the two leading map data providers, Navteq and TeleAtlas, are starting to offer truck routing database, my guess would be that a few years from now we will see several GPS navigation solutions for drivers of large vehicles. In the mean time Discovery Owners Association comes to the rescue of MS Streets & Trips users by offering downloadable database of their own. Link and more info is >here<

  • 28. Open a computer folder from a pushpin

  • Pushpin balloons can contain links to folders, not just links to files or websites. Read more here

  • 29. Apple Mac computer compatibility

  • There are several ways to do it, but the most convenient seems to be the one described here »

Version 2006 (older versions bellow)

  • 30. I hear no voice

  • It is possible that you have accidentally turned voice off and it is difficult to tell just by glancing if the mute button reads “Turn Voice Off” or “Turn Voice On”. Actually if your monitor is set to 600 x 800 screen resolution you likely don’t even see the mute button in the GPS Task pane.

    Make sure voice is not turned off. Hit F7-key to turn voice on/off

  • 31. How to estimate time of arrival while driving

  • Whenever you need to know your ETA just hit F3-key on your keyboard to refresh distance-to-destination and time-to-destination info in Directions pane. See it on this picture

  • 32. Night color scheme alternatives

  • The 2006 introduced a new color scheme designed for driving at night. If you don’t like the dark green / light green color scheme, then you may consider the following two alternatives:

    • Free software called “DarkAdapted” lets us change gamma settings of our screen just by a quick keyboard shortcut. Thus, we may in effect very conveniently change the brightness of our computer monitor from full to say 15%. Use the hotkey again to switch back to full brightness. See this demonstration picture. Free download and more info here:

    • Another solution may be to set the map background to a darker color by using the built-in drawing tools. Follow these steps:

      • Zoom out to see your route or even the whole world

      • Select Rectangle tool on the Drawing toolbar

      • Click and drag a rectangle on the map to cover an area larger than your route (you may even cover the whole world)

      • Click on the arrow beside Fill Color tool on the Drawing toolbar and select your desired color for your night view scheme (grey, blue, brown are nice choices)

      • Right-click the rectangle and select Order > Send Behind Roads see this screenshot

Version 2005 (older versions bellow)

  • 33. Voice Driving Instructions

  • Are you interested to add Voice Driving Instructions functionality to your MS Streets & Trips 2005 or MS AutoRoute 2005? Read more on page 2

  • 34. Force the program into full screen mode

  • FullScreen by Fanix is a little utility program that lets users "force" any software into full screen mode. Check it out:

Version 2004 (older versions bellow)

  • 35. Set Canada as the default country of the Find feature

  • If you wish the default country setting of the Find feature to be Canada rather than United States, you may need to change the default language settings of your Windows operating system:

    Microsoft Windows XP > Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options icon > set your location to Canada and language settings to either English (Canada) or French (Canada) > click OK

    Microsoft Windows 2000 > Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options icon > General tab > in the “Your locale (location)” list, select either English (Canada) or French (Canada) > click OK

    Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME > Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Settings icon > Regional Settings tab > In the Language list, select English. In the Country/Region list select Canada > Click OK > restart computer

Versions 2003, 2002, 2001

  • 36. Increase the GPS update speed

  • GPS refreshes only once every 15 seconds in the 2001, 2002, and 2003 versions of MS Streets & Trips and MS AutoRoute. You really should update to a newer version, but if for some reason you still have a need to use one of these very old versions and wish to increase GPS refresh rate to as much as 1 time per second then visit where The GPS Soft Team still provides their famous 5-4-3-2-1 Second Patches

Do you have a helpful tip?
Please, share it with us.

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Brian Kirby Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 16:08:51
He has replied saying yes, but default units are KPH.
Have just asked how it handles conversion MPH-KPH.
Will update when available.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 15:56:26
Brian, let us know about the compatibility, when you find out, please.
Brian Kirby Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 15:41:03
Hi Martin
Many thanks for the lightning reply.
Have done as you suggest, and e-mailed Paul Larson.
Here's hoping!
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 14:32:11
Hi Brian, ask the developer of the tool about the compatibility with Mappoint 2010. The tool was originally made for version 2006. Or just download it, and then test it for youself:
Brian Kirby Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 14:21:05
Regarding the AutoRoute vehicle speed settings (for AR2010).
I drive a motorhome (RV) and find the speed settings way too fast, even with all sliders set to the slowest settings!
I have seen a download for Map Point, that reinstates the much simpler and clearer facility it shared with earlier versions of Map Point and AutoRoute, to input actual average driving speeds based on experience. Why do they meddle?!!
Does anyone please know if such a download available for AR2010 from any reliable source (even MS :-)!)
Many thanks.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 30 déc. 2007 : 23:31:33
I've never seen it happen myself, but I don't think you are doing anything wrong :(
AndreQC Posted - 30 déc. 2007 : 16:45:50
Pushpin problems:

When I copy pushpins one by one from a map to another one, evrything works well and my pushpins comments are also copy. When a copy a pushpin set from a map to another one, all my pushpins comments are lost. Is it a bug or am I doing something wrong?
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 16 févr. 2007 : 00:57:40
I'm not sure about that, though. A few versions ago occasionally I would come across a user asking how to make Canada the default country in the Find dialog box. Those days it was necessary to change the default language settings of your Windows operating system (as described in S&T Tips & Tricks - section 2004).

I don't recall any user asking how to do this in the past couple of years. It seems to me that now Streets & Trips remembers the country of the last successful search.
admin_0 Posted - 14 févr. 2007 : 17:51:17
I have a correction to make. To change the default find location in Windows XP with Streets and Trips 2006 to Canada or back you must modify the New North American Map template (New North American Map.stt). For instruction please refer to tip #7.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 04 janv. 2007 : 18:13:38
Page 1 has just been updated for 2007...
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 09 oct. 2006 : 15:14:10
Two most recent additions to the page 1 are:

* How to search for highway exit numbers

* How to run Streets & Trips on an Apple Mac computer
dumpper Posted - 04 juil. 2006 : 18:08:26
I used to use Xport some while ago, but it crashed my system sometimes. Also it did not "clean" the XP registry properly when adding/removing the ports & itself ! Hopefully things are better now for other users ... I switched to GPSGate & have been a happy camper since ...
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 03 juil. 2006 : 20:02:58
Thanks much for the info. FREE is good ;-)

I'm going to link it from the first page of this Tips & Tricks thread!

Marvin Hlavac
docbrazen Posted - 03 juil. 2006 : 19:30:35
I enjoyed your post about S&T 2006 but I would like to add some helpful advice.

Share one GPS between several applications.

I saw you mention GpsGate to share GPS with several applications, but there is also a free proram to do so.

It is called Xport and it is located here (it is made by a GPS and car fan on another forum site):

I have used Xport to share GPS with S&T 2006 and iGuidance v2.1.3. I have not used GpsGate before so I do not know if Xport is harder or easier to setup. Xport lets you turn one GPS port into 8 GPS ports and allows you to set the port speed. (Normaly I used 4800 Baud because my GPS does not like the other speeds.)

I hope this is helpful for everyone.
petersung Posted - 22 juin 2006 : 17:40:39
Hi all, thanks for all the tips! but for some reason, my S&T 2006 is acting up. on the map, it is able to display my location properly but the voice direction is about 50 yards behind? usually when I am about 20 ft from the intersection the voice direction will tell me "in 60 yard make a xxxx turn" Is there any way to calibrate it?
Thanks for your input.


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