EssentialFax installs and uses a standard Windows printer driver, which allows you to create faxes using the print-to-fax technique. Please see the Print-to-Fax Slideshow for a visual depiction of this process.
Note: After installing EssentialFax, you can check your Windows printers list (Control Panel > Printers) and you will see a new printer, called Essential Fax on the ESSFAX virtual port.
The Essential Fax printer is used just like any other Windows printer. You can select the Essential Fax printer as your Windows printer when you are about to print a document. The difference is that, instead of printing your document to a physical printer, the Essential Fax printer automatically submits the document as an outgoing fax to EssentialFax.
The fax file that is created is stored by EssentialFax, and you can send the fax immediately, or at any later time. The software (i.e. Microsoft Word) that created the document for the fax does not have to be active once the file is sent to EssentialFax.
The basic steps for creating and sending a fax using the Essential
Fax printer are:
Please see the
Print-to-Fax Slideshow for a visual depiction of this
In addition to creating a new fax from the Essential Fax printer dialog box, you also have the following two choices:
Append to a fax already in the OutboxInstead of selecting the Save it to the Outbox option, you can also choose the Append it to a fax already in the Outbox option. If you choose this option, you are presented with a list of faxes already in the Outbox, to which you can append the current "print job".