Using The Windows XP Fax Service (Part II)

In the first installment of this article I introduced you to the Windows XP Fax Service that can be used as an alternative to purchasing a dedicated fax machine. Now I’ll show you how to send a fax using the service.

Once you have the Fax service installed and configured, you can begin sending and receiving faxes from your Windows XP computer. You can send a fax directly from a Windows-based program such as Microsoft Word 2002. The process is a relatively simple process as outlined below.

The following steps demonstrate how you can send a fax in Windows XP through Microsoft Word 2002.

  1. Open Microsoft Word 2002.

  2. Create or open the document that you want to fax.
  3. From the File menu, click Print. The Print dialog box will appear.
  4. Use the drop down arrow beside the name box and select Fax.
  5. Click OK. The Send Fax Wizard launches. Click Next.
  6. Type in the recipient information such as the name and fax number. Click Next.
  7. Select the cover page template that you want to use. Click Next.
  8. Type in a subject line and note for the fax cover page. Click Next.
  9. In the Schedule dialog box, select when you want to send the fax. Choose the fax priority. Click Next.
  10. Review the fax summary and click Finish.

Another way to fax is to scan a document and then send it to your fax printer. The process for faxing a scanned document is outlined below. The following steps assume that you have an imaging device installed.

  1. Scan and save the document that you want to fax.

  2. Open the folder where you saved the document.
  3. Double click the document to launch the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
  4. Click the Print button. This launches the Photo Printing Wizard. Click Next.
  5. Select the image you want to fax and click Next.
  6. From the Printing Options dialog box, click Fax from the list. Click Next.
  7. Select the layout you want to use. Click Next.
  8. The Send Fax Wizard launches. Click Next.
  9. Type in the recipient information such as the name and fax number. Click Next.
  10. Select the cover page template that you want to use. Click Next.
  11. Type in a subject line and note for the fax cover page. Click Next.
  12. In the Schedule dialog box, select when you want to send the fax. Choose the fax priority. Click Next.
  13. Review the fax summary and click Finish.

In the next installment of this article I’ll show you how to receive faxes in Windows XP as well as how to use the Fax Console to view the status of the faxes you are sending.

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