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How to Fax From Printer

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Is Your Printer Fax-Enabled?

A printer has to have fax capabilities to be able to fax documents, so it’s necessary to first determine if your printer is fax-enabled. Multifunction printers usually have “fax” buttons sitting next to the scanner. You may also check your printer for an inbuilt telephone jack, which lets you connect a landline to your printer. Once connected, you can start sending and receiving faxes.
If your multifunction printer doesn’t come with fax capabilities, you may use a fax kit to allow it to fax. Refer to your printer’s product guide to check if this is supported. If it is, connect with an office supplies vendor to request a compatible fax kit.

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Does Your Printer Have Fax Capabilities?

Before learning how to send a fax from a printer, it’s important to check if your printer has fax capabilities.

The quickest and easiest way to check is to see if your multifunction printer has a “fax” button located somewhere on it. Typically, it will be located near the scanner.
Alternatively, if your printer has a telephone jack located on it, that means you can connect a phone line to the printer. Once the phone line is connected, you are ready to send and receive faxes.
Lastly, some multifunction printers do not include fax capabilities but can be equipped with a fax kit to add these capabilities. Check your printer’s product information to see if this applies, and if so, contact an office equipment supplier to find the right fax kit for your machine.

How to Fax From a Printer

If your printer has fax capabilities, you can send faxes through the print driver or document feeder.

How to Use an Online Fax Service

Advantages of eFax


Free Online Storage: eFax securely stores your faxes online, provided your subscription stays active.


Toll-free fax number: eFax provides toll-free fax numbers so your customers can contact you from anywhere at no cost.


Cost Reduction: Installation, supplies and maintenance add up and can be expensive over the long term. Online fax subscriptions are affordable, and you don’t spend a lot of money on supplies, installations or maintenance.


eSign capabilities: You can sign your faxes digitally, thus allowing you to return important documents promptly.


Local fax numbers: eFax customers also get local fax numbers to facilitate communication with local clients.


Compatibility with Cloud Storage: eFax lets you retrieve documents from various cloud storage sites, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, enabling you to send or receive crucial documents anywhere—all while maintaining client confidentiality.

Printer Fax FAQs

You can only send a fax from your printer if it’s a multi-functional printer (MFP) with fax capabilities. If you’re unsure whether your device is an MFP, check for a ‘Fax’ button on the control panel. Also, make sure the printer has a connected phone line for the fax function to work. 


If your printer does not have fax capabilities, you can still send faxes with an online fax provider like eFax. Just sign up for an account and start faxing from your computer, phone or tablet. 


You can even make things easier by downloading the eFax Messenger app. Simply open your document in a platform like Google Drive or Word, select ‘Print,’ and choose ‘eFax Messenger Printer.’ The document will then be transferred to the Messenger app, and you just need to fill out the recipient’s information before sending the fax.

Yes, you need a phone line to fax from a printer. However, if you don’t have a phone line to connect to your printer, you may sign up for an online fax service like eFax to fax from a printer—no phone lines necessary!
Yes, you can. Simply create an eFax account, print your documents to eFax Messenger and then send from another device.

The phone line number your multifunction printer is attached to is your fax number. If you’re not sure, call 1-800-444-4444, an MCI-operated toll-free line.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a phone line, you can get toll-free and local fax numbers by signing up for eFax.

If you don’t have a phone line, sign up for eFax to get local and toll-free fax numbers. eFax boosts productivity and cuts costs while eliminating the need for complex, expensive or outdated equipment.

Why do Millions of Users Trust & Choose eFax for Sending and Receiving Faxes?

eFax has led online fax services for twenty years, serving millions worldwide. We’re relied upon by Fortune 500 firms and SMBs globally, offering efficient online faxing and HIPAA-compliant plans.

Send and receive faxes in minutes.