How to Send a Fax Using the Internet

By Katherine Kally

  • Overview

    Fax machines can be obsolete in your home or office if you learn how to send a fax using the Internet. Internet faxing is as simple as sending an attachment in an email. You can subscribe to one of several online companies who specialize in Internet faxing services for a monthly fee, or you can choose to send your fax for free, if you don't mind having an ad placed on your cover page. No matter which you choose, sending a fax using the Internet is simple and quick.
    Sending an Internet Fax
    • Step 1

      Set up an account with the Internet faxing company of your choice. If you send and receive faxes frequently, you will need to subscribe to a monthly service. Myfax, Ringcentral and eFax are some of the online companies specializing in sending and receiving faxes using the internet. Fees average around $10 per month based on fax volume and other services you require. Faxes can be sent to and from your email account or kept online in your account with the company. If you only need to send an occasional fax within the United States or Canada, you can do so for free by utilizing Faxzero.com. This free service allows you to send up to two free faxes each day with a maximum of three pages each. The catch for this free service comes in the form of an ad placed on your cover page. Some of the other paid services offer free trials for new customers, so you can try it before you buy it.
    • Step 2

      Log in to your account with your Internet faxing service provider. Click the 'Send fax' link.


    • Step 3

      Type in the destination fax number where you wish to send your document. Your provider will be able to send faxes all over the world, so you will need a country code in addition to the area code if you're faxing internationally. Follow the instructions on your provider's website if you aren't sure how to place the country codes. You can also visit Countrycallingcodes.com to find country codes you aren't familiar with.
    • Step 4

      Once your destination fax number is in place, you will need to locate the document you wish to fax on our computer. Your provider will offer a drop down box so you can browse your files until you find the appropriate document. If you're using Windows, your documents are most likely listed in 'My Documents' or on your desktop, depending on how you saved them. If you didn't create the file on your computer, you will need to scan in the documents to be faxed. In this case, Windows typically saves scans in 'My Scans,' which is a folder within 'My Documents.' Find the correct file for faxing and click 'Open.' Depending on the provider you choose, you may need to then click 'Upload' or 'Attach.'
    • Step 5

      Create a cover page, if you like, by following the step-by-step instructions on your Internet faxing provider's website. This is as simple as typing whatever message you wish into the allocated box.
    • Step 6

      Click 'Send' or 'Send your fax' and your fax will be sent over the Internet. Your fax service provider will send you an email when the fax has been completed. They will also advise you if your fax did not go through. In this case, check the fax number and country code and try again.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Document
    • Computer
    • Scanner
    • Internet faxing service
    • Tip: Try several online faxing companies' free trials to find the one that suits you best.

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