How to Fax With a Mac


All MacBook Air laptops have a built-in fax, but to use it, you must connect your system to your telephone line with a USB modem adapter. This connector will convert your USB port into a dialup modem, which is required for fax capabilities. Once connected, you can send faxes through your Print page. All you need is your recipient's fax number and area code.

Things You'll Need

  • USB modem adapter
  • Plug the USB modem adapter into a USB port on your MacBook Air. Attach the modem jack to your telephone line.

  • Open the document file that you want to fax. Navigate to the “File” tab and press “Print.”

  • Click the “PDF” button and select “Fax PDF” from the drop-down menu.

  • Write the fax number and area code in the empty field labeled “To.” If you have your recipient's fax details already saved on your Mac, press the “Silhouette” icon and select your contact from the list.

  • Tick the “Cover Page” box if you want a cover page to accompany your fax. To amend the details of this page, fill out the Subject and Message fields.

  • Press “Fax” to send. You should hear the faxing sound through your speakers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Press the “Fax Information” button on the Print page to bring up more customization options. Here you can adjust the layout of your cover page and schedule your fax to be sent at a specific time.
  • Fax Document is the official Mac faxing software and is available from the App Store. Fax Document charges a monthly fee; however, it allows you to send faxes over the Internet if you don't have a modem adapter.
  • Third party faxing software such as eFax, MyFax, FaxZero and Freepopfax is also available from the App Store.
  • USB modem connectors are available in most computer hardware and electronic stores.
  • The cost of sending a fax through your modem will be added to your telephone bill.

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