How to Set Up Faxing in Windows 7
Before you try to check out the fax capabilities of Windows 7, make sure you have the proper hardware or your faxes won't be going anywhere. If you think you may have a fax modem built into your computer, you may want to look at your modem's properties. Click Start, type System Information into the Search box and press Enter. Expand Components and click on Modem to see what type of modem is installed on your computer. If you have an external modem, it may not be listed. If you are on a network and have access to a fax server, you may use this to set up Windows 7 Fax and Scan as well. Make sure you have the address for the fax server before you begin.
To set up the fax capabilities of Windows 7, click Start and type fax into the Search box. Select Windows Fax and Scan under Programs. Click Fax at the bottom left side of the pane and select New Fax on the toolbar. The Fax Setup Wizard begins.
Click Connect to a Fax Modem to proceed with setup if you have a fax modem installed on your computer. If this option is grayed out, you either do not have a fax modem installed or Windows is not recognizing that you do, which may mean that it is not working correctly. If you are able to select this option, simply follow the steps in the wizard to complete the setup process.
Click Connect to a Fax Server on My Network if you want to use a fax server to access the fax capabilities of Windows 7. Type in the location of the server and click Next. Enter a name for the server and click Done. If you have any problems accessing the fax server, your system administrator may need to grant you permission first.
Go to the next page to learn how to send, receive, preview and save faxes in Windows 7.