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Garmin Nuvi 260 - how to activate text to speech

I have a Garmin Nuvi 260 which is listed on the garmin website as having the function of speaking the street names. The website even describes the text to speech funtion.

But I can't get the unit to say the street names and can't figure out how to turn the function on. The manual is no help. How do I activate the Text to speech feature

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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    Have a garmin 260w that use to announce the streets now it does not. And I agree the manual is no help. Left message with garmin/support still no anwser.

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Make sure the voice you have selected has the letters TTS next to it.

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SOURCE: Garmin Nuvi 260 - how to activate text to speech

Question: How do I change the Voice Language setting on my nuvi 2xx?
--> Answer: All of the Garmin® automotive GPS units that speak street names are also loaded with basic voice prompts (example: Turn Right in 500 feet) as well as Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices that speak street names. If one of the basic types of voice prompts has been selected, the voice prompts will not speak street names. In order to change this setting on the nüvi® 2xx series, follow these steps:

  1. In the Main Menu, touch Tools (Wrench icon).
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Press the Down arrow in the bottom right corner.
  4. Select Language.
  5. The first line on this screen is the Voice language. Touch the Current Voice option for the GPS device listed to change the Voice.
  6. Select a Voice that is labeled TTS. These will speak street names. Options without the TTS label will say the distance until the next turn, but will not include the street name.
  7. Select OK. The Voice has now been changed.
The device should now speak street names. This is tghe solution that I found on the Garmin site. It worked for my device. Hope this is helpful. solution = solution1description.innerHTML; Last modified on: 04/14/2008
--> Other recommended links Next Solution >> nuvi 260 nuvi 255 nuvi 200 nuvi 270 nuvi 205W nuvi 260W nuvi 250 nuvi 250W nuvi 255W nuvi 205 nuvi 200W -->

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Question: How do I change the Voice Language setting on my nuvi 2xx?
--> Answer: All of the Garmin® automotive GPS units that speak street names are also loaded with basic voice prompts (example: Turn Right in 500 feet) as well as Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices that speak street names. If one of the basic types of voice prompts has been selected, the voice prompts will not speak street names. In order to change this setting on the nüvi® 2xx series, follow these steps:
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  4. Select Language.
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  6. Select a Voice that is labeled TTS. These will speak street names. Options without the TTS label will say the distance until the next turn, but will not include the street name.
  7. Select OK. The Voice has now been changed.
The device should now speak street names. This is tghe solution that I found on the Garmin site. It worked for my device. Hope this is helpful. solution = solution1description.innerHTML; Last modified on: 04/14/2008
--> Other recommended links Next Solution >> nuvi 260 nuvi 255 nuvi 200 nuvi 270 nuvi 205W nuvi 260W nuvi 250 nuvi 250W nuvi 255W nuvi 205 nuvi 200W -->

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