In part one of this article, we learned how to make sure the ability to send a fax from your PC was enabled on your system. You can click here to learn more about that.

There are multiple ways to send faxes from your PC. You could hook your scanner/printer up to a phone line.  I can’t give one-size-fits-all instructions for that because you’ll need to follow the instructions that come with your printer.

Generally, you’ll need to turn off the printer and then plug your phone cable into the line jack in your printer. Below is an illustration from an Epson manual.

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If your scanner doesn’t have that port, you can’t hook up the printer. However, there are other options that we’ll get to.  Once you’ve hooked up your printer to a phone line, you’ll open Windows Fax and Scan.

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Here’s what it looks like.

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On the toolbar at the top, click File and then New.

You can choose between Fax or Fax from Scanner. Since you’re using a scanner, you’ll select the latter. You can create a fax and attach a document, or put the document in the scanner.

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Just follow scanning directions.

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Another option is to create a fax with a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document. The quickest method is to type Fax a word document in the help search bar at the top and select Internet Fax.  

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To send, you’ll need an Internet fax service. We’ll look at some of your options in the final part of our series.