Dialing rules basically specify additional numbers of characters to dial before and after the basic fax number.
Each dialing rules has two parts:
EssentialFax has three dialing rules available for you to use and define:
Each of these dialing rules applies to all phone book entries and faxes for which it is used. Each phone book entry/fax can have only one of the three dialing rules.
For instance if you define the local dialing rules as having a "9," (the number nine followed by a comma) as the prefix, then all phone book entries or faxes using the local dialing rules will be dialed with a "9," before the actual fax number.
If you define the long distance dialing rules as having a "1," (one followed by a comma) as the prefix, then all phone book entries or faxes using the long distance dialing rules will be dialed with a "1," before the actual fax number.
If you change one of the dialing rules, then all faxes which use that dialing rule will use the new changes. (The dialing rules are global in nature - that is, if you change the long distance dialing rule the changes are applied to all numbers flagged to use the long distance dialing rule.)
Some examples of when this is helpful: