How to test a fax for free

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When a new fax machine is installed, it can be difficult to determine if it is set-up properly. While you could determine if your fax machine is properly configured by sending a test fax to a friend, family member or business with a fax machine, you can also do so using a free service provided by HP. The HP service is free of charge, and saves your peers from the inconvenience associated with the test fax.

Load the paper into the fax machine following the manufacturer's instructions.

Dial "1-888-473-2963" on the fax machine and press "Send" or "Start," depending on your fax machine.

Wait for the fax to finish transmitting. You will receive a return fax from HP within five to seven minutes of completion. If the fax is received, then your machine is set-up properly. If you do not receive the fax, then there is a problem with its configuration.

Navigate to the Interpage Free Fax Demonstration website. A link has been provided in the References section of this article.

Enter your fax number with no additional characters in the field labelled "Phone Number."

Enter any character in the field labelled "Alpha/Numeric Character:" which will be displayed on the cover page to differentiate fax attempts. Enter a different character each time you test your fax machine.

Enter a message into the field labelled "Message." Please note, this message will not be transmitted with the fax, although the field cannot be left blank.

Click "Send Fax" to send your test fax. The fax will be sent within a few moments of submitting.

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