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13.7. Faxing

It's a good thing you bought a book about Windows XP. If you hadn't, you might never have known about one of Windows XP's most spectacular features: its ability to turn your PC's built-in fax modem into a fax machine. This feature works like a charm, saves all kinds of money on paper and fax cartridges, and may even spare you the expense of buying a physical fax machine—but it isn't installed in the standard Windows installation.

Here's the basic idea: When faxes come in, you can opt to have them printed automatically, or you can simply read them on the screen. And sending a fax is even easier on a PC than on a real fax machine; you just use the regular File→Print command, exactly as though you're making a printout of the onscreen document.


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