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My new 255w started out with English for about three minutes and then it quickly changed to spanish while I was setting the route. How do I get it back to English all the prompts are in spanish?

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  1. Press Tools, the symbol in the bottom right corner of the main menu, (picture of a spanner).
  2. Press Settings, the symbol in the top left corner of a spanner.
  3. Press Language, the symbol of lips
You'll see 3 bars one for text language, one for voice language and one for keyboard layout.
Press each one in turn and select english as the language.

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