How to Fax Documents Using Windows XP
It would be awesome if we all had our own fax machine. We could fax our resume
to that new employer to be reviewed right away. Or we may want to receive that
fax from our landlord so we can move into that apartment tomorrow.
Having a fax machine in your home could save you time in completing such tasks
as getting a new job. Now what if you can fax documents without having to cough
up big bucks to purchase a fax machine.
If you have a computer with Windows XP, internet access, and a printer, you
already have a fax machine. One of the optional components in your Windows XP
software package is the Fax Services Component. This package allow you to send
and receive faxes through your computer using regular dial-up internet access.
To use this Fax Service you will need 3.7 megabytes of free hard drive space,
a dial-up modem and your Windows XP Install CD. Since the transmission is sent
through your phone line, a cable modem will not work.
The first thing you must do to use the Fax Service is to install it on your PC.
This service is not installed when Windows XP was first installed. Perform the
following steps to install this software.
Insert your installation CD in your CD or DVD drive and the welcome to Microsoft
Windows XP will open. If it doesn't open, open My Computer and double-click the
CD or DVD drive. Click install Optional Windows Components.
A menu will open that lists all optional Windows XP components. Now click the
box in front of Fax Services and then click next. Watch the installation status
bar and once its installed click the finish button and exit. You will need to
restart your PC to finish the process.
You can now configure the Fax Console by adding your contact information, the
modem you will use, and where you want the system to save a copy of each fax.
To open the application, click on Start, choose All Programs, Accessories,
Communications, Fax, the Fax Console, and click next once it opens. You can now
type in the Sender information.
The next step in setting up the Console is to enter your TSD or Transmitting
Subscriber Identification data. This allow the recipient's computer to identify
your computer as the sender of the Fax. The TSD contains your Fax number or your
fax number and name.
You're getting closer to finishing the Console. The CSID is next to be added.
Your CSID is your Called Subscriber Identification and it can be the same data
that's in the TSD. When you receive a Fax, your CSID will appear on the sender's