In the increasingly rare event that your PC has a built-in fax modem, and your PC is connected to a phone line, it can serve as a true-blue fax machine. This feature works like a charm, saves money on paper and fax cartridges, and may even spare you the expense of buying a physical fax machine.
Sending a fax is even easier on a PC than on a real fax machine; you just use the regular Print command (Ctrl+P), exactly as though you were making a printout of the onscreen document. When faxes come in, you can opt to have them printed automatically, or you can simply read them on the screen. You even get a dedicated program, Windows Fax and Scan, for the purpose of managing faxes
The similarity with printing doesn’t stop there. The Devices and Printers folder even contains a Fax icon that works just like a printer icon.
Now, the one big limitation of PC-based faxing is that you can transmit only documents that are, in fact, on the computer. That pretty much rules out faxing notes scribbled on a legal pad, clippings from People magazine, and so on (unless you scan them first).
If you’re still undaunted, the procedure for sending a fax is very easy:
Open up whatever document you want to fax. Choose File→Print.
The Print dialog box appears.
Click the Fax icon (or choose Fax from the Select Printer list, as shown in Figure 19-11), and then click OK or Print.
The very first time you try faxing, you encounter the Fax Setup Wizard. It first asks you to connect ...