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Windows XP Fax

Did you know you could use your computer (XP) to receive faxes.

You can.   As long as your computer has a modem.   You can check if it does or not;  look for a phone jack in the back of the tower or, if you're using a laptop, on the back or one of the sides.

The fax isn't automatically installed.  You will have to set it up.  To do so, click the Start button and Open Control Panel.  Open Add/Remove Programs.

Click Add/Remove Windows Components.  Select the Fax Services check box and then click Next.  The Windows Component Wizard will walk you through the rest of the steps.

After the fax is installed, you will have to configure it.  To do so, click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, point to Fax and then click Fax Console.

You will now see the Fax Console window.   Click Tools on the menu and then click Configure Fax.  This will open the Fax Configuration Wizard.   Click the Next button.

On the Sender Information page, input your name and any other information you would like to include.

On the Select Device for Sending or Receiving Faxes page, your modem will be selected, unless you have more than one.  If you do, select the one you want to use.  Select the send and receive options that you want.

On the Transmitting Subscriber Identification  (TSID)  and Called Subscriber Identification  (CSID)  pages, enter your business name, if applicable, and fax number.

On the Routing Options page, specify how incoming faxes will be handled.  All faxes will be saved in the Fax Console, but you can also print a copy save a copy in another folder.

Sending Faxes

Open the document you would like to fax.   Click File on the menu and then Print.

In the Print window, click the down arrow to the right of your printer name.  Click Fax to open the Send Fax Wizard.

The Send Fax Wizard will guide you through the fax process, asking for recipient information such as name, fax number and when to send the fax.

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