February, 1998 Page 6

Tip of the Month

Included with Windows 95 is the Compose New Fax Wizard that allows you to compose and send a fax. While it's not as fully functional as a third-party package, it provides the basic services. It lets you choose a cover page, allows you to attach files to your messages, and provides an address book to keep track of your fax recipients.

To compose and send a fax, follow these steps:

1. Make sure the modem is connected to your computer and an outside telephone line.
2. Click the START button and point to PROGRAMS.
3. Point to the ACCESSORIES folder and then to the FAX folder.
4. Choose COMPOSE NEW FAX. This command launches the Compose New Fax wizard.
5. Read the opening window and choose the NEXT button.
6. Type the name and fax number of the recipient and choose NEXT.
7. If you want a cover page, select one from the list and choose NEXT; otherwise, select NO and choose NEXT.
8. Type the fax subject and message and choose NEXT.
9. To send a file along with your message, choose ADD FILE and select the file you want to send.
10. Choose NEXT and then choose FINISH to send the fax.

The Compose New Fax wizard will then prepare the fax pages, dial the fax number, and send the fax.

If you don't have a Fax folder, you did not install Microsoft fax during Windows setup. To install Microsoft Fax now, use ADD/ROMOVE in Control Panel and select the Windows Setup tab.

To monitor the progress of a fax you have just sent, click the fax icon next to the clock in the task bar. You will then see a window that describes each step of the faxing process.

You can also send a fax directly from a Windows 95 application by choosing Send from the File menu. For example, you can compose a letter in WordPad and choose Send from the File menu to send the fax. This command runs the Compose New Fax wizard so you can enter the name and fax of the recipient, choose a cover page, etc.


How To Use MS-DOS

*Click the START Button and point to PROGRAMS.

*On the PROGRAM menu, choose MS-DOS Prompt.

*At the MS-DOS prompt, enter MS-DOS commands and/or run MS-DOS or Windows programs.

*Once you have switched to a full screen display, you'll need to press Alt-Enter to restore the MS-DOS window or type EXIT to return to Windows 95.