Send a fax
If you're using Windows 95, you can send a fax by performing 5 steps....
Step 1: type what you want to fax
Start using your favorite word-processing program (such as Wordpad or Microsoft Word). Type
the document that you want to fax.
Step 2: say you want to fax it
While the document's still on the screen, do this: from the File menu, choose Print.
You see a box called Name. Make that box say Microsoft Fax (by clicking the down-triangle
that's next to the box, then clicking Microsoft Fax). Press ENTER.
If you haven't faxed before, here's what happens:
The computer says "Inbox Setup Wizard". Press ENTER twice. The computer  says "Enter your
name and fax number". Your name is already filled in, so just type your return fax number. That's
the phone number of your modem or whatever fax machine you own. If you don't want to receive
any faxes, type your regular (voice) number. Press ENTER twice.
The computer says "Compose New Fax". If the computer says "I'm dialing from", press ENTER.
Step 3: say where to send the fax
The computer says "To". Type the name of the person you're sending the fax to, press the TAB
key three times, type the area code of the person you're sending the fax to, press the TAB key,
and type the rest of the phone number of the person you're sending the fax to.
If the person you're dialing is in your area code but the call is not local, click the "Dial area code"
box, which makes the computer dial 1 before the number.
Click the "Add to List" button. (If you wish to send copies of the fax to more people, fill in the
name and fax number of the second person, click the "Add to List" button again, and do the same
for each additional person.)
Press ENTER twice.
Step 4: finish the fax process
The computer says "Subject". Type a phrase that summarizes what your fax is about (such as
"want to order your toilets") and press ENTER. Press ENTER again.
The computer sends the fax!
Step 5: reset the computer
Now that the fax has been sent, reset your computer to do normal printing instead of faxing.
Here's how:
From File menu, choose Print. You see the Print window. Make its Name box say the name of
your printer instead of Microsoft Fax (by clicking the down-triangle that's next to the box, then
clicking your printer's name). Close the Print window (by clicking its X box).

Receive a fax
You can make your computer receive faxes, but don't. The fax-receiving software is hard to set
up. To receive a fax, you must let that software run continually, scanning for incoming faxes. That
software consumes lots of RAM and lots of the computer's attention, so that all your other
software runs slower or refuses to run at all! Moreover, you must leave your computer on
continuously, 24 hours, unless you know what time of day your faxes will arrive.
If you're planning to receive lots of faxes, buy a fax machine instead! You can buy a fax machine
for under $200 from discount dealers.
For example, a company called A Fair Fax sells a bottom-of-the-line Murata fax machine (model
620) for just $110. Phone New York at 800-499-1998, but beware: the company does not offer a
true money-back guarantee.
Another advantage of a fax machine is that it lets you instantly send articles and pictures that
you've found in newspapers, magazines, and books - without forcing you to type or scan that info
into your computer.
Communication: fax

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