How to Fax a Document Through the Internet

by Chris Yokum

Faxing no longer requires you to have a physical fax machine and a standard telephone line. With the advancement of technology, you're able to use the Internet and a computer to take care of some of your most important faxing needs.

Being able to receive or send important documents through the Internet comes in handy when you're traveling to multiple locations regularly. One of the biggest benefits of using Internet fax services is that you won't have to worry about wasting your valuable time. Instead of trying to find the nearest fax machine closest to you, you'll already have access to a fax service.

Create a new account with the Rapid Fax online service (see Resources). If you're unsure about paying upfront for this service, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to test it out. Within this trial period, you'll have the chance to see if you're completely satisfied and would like to continue past the initial trial.

Click the "Sign Up" link at the top of the Rapid Fax homepage. When you're directed to the next page, read the detailed information about the service and proceed with the registration process. Select the orange "Sign Up" button at the bottom of the page to go forward. You'll be prompted to fill in personal information about yourself, such as your name, email address, billing address and payment details. Read the service terms and confirm that you agree with them by clicking the yellow "Sign Up" button.

Log into your new Rapid Fax account and start sending or receiving faxes. To send a fax using email, you'll need to use your existing email account to create a new message. In the "To" area of a new email message, include the recipient's 11-digit fax number and @rapidfax.com at the end. Add an attachment from documents already stored on your computer system. After you do this, Rapid Fax will automatically convert the email into a faxed document.

Give your new Rapid Fax number to others who need to fax documents to you. They'll fax the document to your number, just like a regular fax. Rapid Fax will then convert this received message into an email for you. Once you've received an email notification that a new fax has arrived, click to open the attachment and read the information contained within it. The attachment is usually converted into a PDF that can easily be opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Warning

  • close Although there's a free 30-day trial with Rapid Fax, you'll still have to provide credit-card details to sign up.

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About the Author

Chris Yokum has been writing for various websites for several years. Some of her favorite topics include computers, gadgets, personal finance and technology. She also enjoys researching and learning about new topics on a daily basis. Sharing knowledge with others helps Yokum fulfill her goals as a writer.