Communications Features

The StartProgramsAccessories submenu contains a handful of shortcuts to faxing, dialing, and conferencing programs. This section presents each one in turn.

Fax

Windows 2000 Pro lets you send and receive faxes directly from your desktop. All you need is a fax modem, a standard component on most modern PCs.

You can fax a document as easily as printing it. In fact, the fax modem shows up in your Printers Folder as just another printer (Figure 9-2).

To Windows 2000, a fax device is just another printer. It's not, however, a shared printer, meaning that you can't share your fax with others on your network.

Figure 9-2.  To Windows 2000, a fax device is just another printer. It's not, however, a shared printer, meaning that you can't share your fax with others on your network.

Setting up your virtual fax machine

If your PC has a fax modem, you're already set to send faxes (see "Sending a fax" in the next section); the presence of a fax printer icon in your StartSettingsPrinters window tells you so. To make sure it's set up the way you like it (and to turn on your ability to receive faxes), proceed like this:

  1. Choose Start Programs Accessories Communications Fax Fax Service Management.

    As a reward for that massive mouse trek, the Fax Service Management program appears.

  2. In the console (left) pane, click Devices. In the details (right) pane, right-click your fax modem's name; select Properties from the shortcut menu.

    The fax modem's Properties dialog box appears.

  3. On the General Tab, specify whether or not you want ...

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