How to Send a Fax From a Mac

By Dawn Gibbs

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Phone cable

  • Internet access

You don't need a fax machine to send a fax.
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You can send a fax with your Mac computer without needing a separate fax machine. Your computer comes with a built-in option to send a document as a PDF document to the recipient's fax machine, as long as you have access to a phone line. If not, you can send a fax over the Internet using a variety of paid or free services, depending on the length of the document.

Over a Phone Line

Hook up your computer to a phone line by inserting the line into the appropriate opening in the computer's tower. Open the document that you want to fax. You can open it in any word processing program that you have.

Select "File" from the top of the desktop screen, then select "Print" from the drop-down menu to open the printing dialogue box.

Locate the "PDF" drop-down menu at the bottom of the dialogue box. Click the box and select "Fax PDF."

Enter the recipient's fax number into the "To" box. Click the box next to "Use Cover Page" and type in any message you want to include as a cover page. Click "Fax."

Over the Internet

Visit a faxing website such as the one listed in the Resources section.

Enter the recipient's fax number and name in the appropriate box. Enter your information in the appropriate box as well. This will go on the cover sheet.

Select "Choose File" to upload your document. Locate the document on your hard drive, and select "OK." Click "Send Fax." If the fax is longer than the website's limit for free access, you may have to pay a per-page fee.