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Monday, November 24, 2008

Send a Fax in Vista

You can send a fax directly from your computer using Microsoft VISTA Business, Enterprise or Ultimate editions. If you have Microsoft Home Premium, you will need to purchase supplemental software in order to send faxes. SnappyFax and RKSfax are popular options.

First connect your computer to the phone line using an analog phone cord (the same type of cord you would use to connect your household phone). A digital phone line will not work for sending faxes through VISTA.
Now you're ready to set up your fax settings. Click the green "Start" button at the bottom left corner of your screen, click "All Programs" and then click "Windows Fax and Scan" and choose "Fax."
If this is your first time using the VISTA fax feature, a wizard will appear with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the setup process. If you've previously been using the fax feature through a server or network and which to add a modem, open the "Fax" menu as described in step 2, then select "Tools," "Fax Accounts," and "Add". A Fax Setup Wizard will initiate to allow you to setup your fax modem.
Now you are ready to enter your fax recipient information and begin sending faxes. Select "New Fax" on the toolbar and enter the recipient's name and fax number. VISTA will automatically pull any contact information saved in your Outlook address book when you begin typing an existing contacts name.
Finally, simply write your fax message, add your attachments, and hit "Send." You've saved time and paper by sending your faxes through VISTA.

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