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OS X Mavericks: Send a fax

Send a fax

You can fax files directly from your Mac to any fax machine or computer that’s set up to receive faxes. If your computer has a modem connected to a phone line, it’s automatically configured to send faxes.

Note: The following provides instructions for faxing using the standard features in OS X and may not match your setup. If these instructions differ from the user interface you're seeing, refer to the documentation that came with the app or device you're using.
  1. Open the document you want to fax, then choose File > Print.
  2. Choose Fax PDF from the PDF pop-up menu, then choose your fax machine from the Printer pop-up menu.

    Set up a fax machine

  3. Enter the fax number by doing one of the following:
    • Type the fax number in the To field.

    • If you see a Contacts button to the right of the To field, click it to select a number.

    • To paste a number into the To field when the Edit > Paste command isn’t available, hold down the Control key as you click in the To field, then choose Paste from the menu that appears.

  4. If your phone system requires you to dial a prefix for an outside line, type it in the Dialing Prefix field.
  5. If you want to include a cover page, select “Use cover page,” then enter a subject and message.
  6. To change your options, use the print options pop-up menu (the pop-up menu within a separator bar).

    For example, to control how your modem behaves when faxing, choose Fax Modem. You can choose whether to dial with touch tones or pulse tones, whether to listen to the modem as it dials, and whether to wait for a steady dial tone before dialing.

  7. Click Fax.

The fax is sent as soon as your modem is available. For example, if you’re using your modem to connect to the Internet, the fax is sent after you disconnect from your ISP.

The top of every page has a header that contains the date and time the fax was sent, a page number, and the fax number of the sender (from Printers & Scanners preferences).

If you include a cover page, its heading contains the fax’s recipient (from the To field in the Print dialog), the fax’s sender (the name of the logged-in user), the date and time the fax was sent, the subject line (from the Subject field in the Print dialog), and the number of pages in the fax, not including the cover page. The body of the cover page is from the Message field in the Print dialog.

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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