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Fax Console \windows\system32\fxsclnt.exe

Manage incoming and outgoing faxes using the Microsoft Fax service.

To Open

Start Programs Accessories Communications Fax Fax Console

Command Prompt fxsclnt


The Fax Console is the central interface for sending, receiving, and managing faxes using the Microsoft Fax service (see Figure 4-32). The Fax Console is set up like Outlook Express, with folders shown in a hierarchal tree in the left pane and the contents of the currently selected folder shown in the right pane.

Figure 4-32. View and manage all incoming and outgoing faxes with the Fax Console

The first time you run Fax Console, the Fax Configuration Wizard will appear, which will ask for your personal contact information, primarily for use with cover pages. All of the fields are optional and can be left blank. This information can be entered later by going to Tools Sender Information.

There are two ways to send a fax using the Microsoft Fax service. The first, using File Send a Fax (which is the same as running fxssemd.exe or selecting Start Programs Accessories Communications Fax Send a Fax), walks you through selecting a document and then creating a corresponding fax job.

The preferred method of sending a fax, though, is to start the application used to create the original document (e.g., your word processor or spreadsheet) and print to your fax printer. Indeed, the fax is really only a remote printer connected with a phone line. After your application has sent the document to the fax printer driver, a new Wizard appears and asks you for the recipient name and phone number, as well as any queuing options (useful if you wish to postpone sending the fax until off-peak hours).

Start the Fax Monitor (Tools Fax Monitor) to automatically answer incoming calls and receive faxes. If you don’t want the Microsoft Fax service to automatically answer incoming calls, you can selectively receive faxes by going to File Receive a fax now.


  • Not surprisingly, if you don’t have a modem, you won’t be able to send or receive faxes. However, Fax Console will let you view and export fax documents you may have already stored on your hard disk; use File Import to view faxes created in previous versions of Windows and File Save As to export them to a more usable format.

  • If you wish to receive faxes but don’t have a modem, or if you just don’t want to leave the Microsoft Fax service running all the time, there are Internet-based fax services (such as http://www.efax.com), some of which are completely free, that send incoming faxes to you as email attachments.

  • An alternative to using faxes is to email documents and scans. A program like Adobe Acrobat (http://www.adobe.com) is especially useful for preserving fonts and formatting in computer-generated documents, and can even accommodate scanned pages, making it easy for the recipient to view or even print them. Not only will this result in higher quality documents and lower phone bills, but it might save a few trees.

  • To send a fax on the fly, place a shortcut to the Fax icon in your Printers and Faxes folder in your Send To menu. Then right-click any file and select Send To Fax to quickly fax the document. Note that this won’t work for all document types, so a little experimentation may be required.

See Also

“Fax Cover Page Editor, “Windows Picture and Fax Viewer”

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