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An Advanced TYP Editor Used by Professionals

How to easily change the colours of highways, lines, areas and points on a Garmin map .

What can I change?

Changing Colours

Changing Font Sizes

default no label small font
default no label small font
normal large  
normal large  

How to get the best colours for my GPS device?

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TYPWiz 6.72 LI setup with extra polygons
This version allows you to save all elements . Lines,areas and pois > 6 are desaturated..
Do not overwrite original TYP file.
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How to edit your own language

We generally use Google to translate our messages, captions etc - Sometimes the translation is totally incorrect.

Check out  how to edit your own language.

Select Icons & Perform a Task

Select more than one

Use CTRL or SHFT keys to select

Use ESC key to cancel

  • Delete selected elements
  • Give selected elements the same draw order
  • Give selected elements the same Font Style or Color
  • Copy selected elements and paste into a different TYP file
  • much more!

What are TYP files?

Garmin uses a TYP file to change:

  • the colours and width of highways and any other line
  • the look of all polygons
  • the overlapping order of polygons
  • the look of icons representing points

By editing a TYP file you can decide how your map looks!

Where do I find a map's TYP file?

TYP files are located in the main map folder. Go 'File,Open File from Mapsource / Basecamp'

How to change Maps which have a TYP file?

before after

All Garmin maps with an existing TYP file can be modified to suit your personal preferences.

  • File,Open TYP from Mapsource / Basecamp

  • Select map and click Open TYP

  • Make changes and go File,Save
before after  

How to change Maps which have no TYP file?

before after Check TYPE number
before after check TYPE number

TYP to Theme conversion

  • Themes are used by City Navigator maps found in Garmin car / motorbike satnavs,like Zumos and Drives.
  • With TYPWiz 6 you can convert any TYP file to a theme .
  • Open TYP file
  • Save as Theme - see picture right
  • Copy kmtf file onto your device in : Themes/Maps
  • TYPWiz uses a 'filter' to match TYP type numbers with areas and lines in a Theme file.
    Go Tools, Edit Themes (CTRL T) - see more
New Pattern Option
  OpenTopoMap Theme on Theme Editor 3.1
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Fenix 5x Screenshot
Changing colors on a Smart Watch
More Info
Select Polygon / Line Patterns
Add your own favourite patterns

TYPWIz 6 Documentation

    !!! TYPWiz 6 What's New
  pdf TYPWiz 6 Unicode manual
  pdf TYPWiz 6 manual
  pdf TYPWiz 6 manual German
  pdf TYPWiz 6 manual en français
  pdf A Quick PDF GUIDE to TYPWiz


    TYPWiz TWZ to change a TYP's FID,PID & Codepage using command lines


Guide to Garmin's Color Palettes & XPM
 (colormodes and XPM code)
    TIPS for creating TYP files
How to Edit TOPO files - TOPO France V3   pdf in Google French - TOPO France V3
More information on TOPO France V4   pdf How to get Multi Coloured Polygons


TYP Files

How to change Maps on your Garmin device

What else can I do with TYPWiz 6?