By Bob Rankin
Send a Fax From Your Computer
Sending a fax from your computer is a convenient, money-saving way to communicate with people who cannot receive email, or insist on paper documents. There are several ways to send a fax from your computer, even if you don’t have a fax machine. Here’s how you can start faxing from your PC, Mac or mobile device…
No Fax Machine? No Problem!
Even though we live in a digital age, there are still plenty of faxes whizzing back and forth over the wires. If you deal with lawyers, banks, accountants, or almost any office that deals with lots of paperwork, you will occasionally need to send a quick fax.
But what if you don’t have a fax machine? You can drive over to the nearest copy shop or office supply store and pay them to send your fax, but that’s no fun. Fortunately, you can send a fax right from your computer – no fax machine required!
The first and best option in most cases is to try one of the many free fax servers to be found on the Web. FaxZero is one these free fax services. Just go to their home page and enter your name, email address, and optionally your company or fax number. Add the fax number and name of the intended recipient. Upload a file in PDF, DOC, or DOCX (Word 2007 and higher) format, or type a short message in a Web form box to be faxed. You can fax up to three pages at a time twice a day for free. If you have hardcopy pages that need to be faxed, you’ll need to scan them into PDF format first. (See Digital Scanners To The Rescue if you don’t have a scanner.)
This excerpt is shared with permission from Bob Rankin.
About Bob Rankin
Bob Rankin is a translator for the technology impaired -- a writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and explaining technology in plain English. His work has appeared in Computer World, NY Newsday, and other publications. Bob is also publisher of Internet TOURBUS, author of several computer books, and creator of the Lowfat Linux tutorial.