Send a fax from your PC

Folks don’t need to send faxes as often as they used to these days, but sometimes it still comes up. Here’s how to do it. 

Start by typing Fax and Scan into your search box. Then click on the results. 

This window will open:

There are multiple ways to send faxes from your PC. If your scanner/printer has the capability, you could hood it 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.


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.

Here’s what it looks like.


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.

Just follow scanning directions.


Another option is to create a fax with a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document. I’ll show you how to do that tomorrow in part 2.  

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