How to Set Up a Fax Number to Your Computer

By Ruri Ranbe

A fax modem enables a computer to act as a fax machine. Windows Fax and Scan can manage the transmission and receipt of fax documents once the modem is set up on the PC. Customers or clients can then send faxes to your office fax number, and the Fax and Scan application will convert the document to a digital copy. Windows 8 includes an automated wizard for configuring your fax modem in just a few steps.

Press "Windows-Q" to open Search and type "fax" into the search box. Select "Windows Fax and Scan" from the results.

Select "Tools" from the menu bar, and then click "Fax Accounts." Click the "Add" button to launch Fax Setup.

Click "Connect to a Fax Modem." Create a name for the modem and then click "Next."

Select "Answer Automatically" to answer all incoming calls after five rings; otherwise, select "Notify Me" to configure Windows Fax and Scan to request your permission before answering a call.

Click "Close" to complete the setup of the fax modem on the PC. Connect the modem to the telephone line via a telephone cable.


If your computer does not have a fax modem, you can connect an external modem to a USB port on the PC.