Setting Up and Using MetroFax


  1. Add the shared MetroFax email account to Gmail
  2. Compose a new email message
    1. Select the shared account as the sender
    2. Compose a cover page in the body of the email if desired
    3. Attach any documents you want to send to the message. If your documents are physical, scan them then attach them.
  3. Send the message as you would a normal email
  4. Wait for a confirmation email saying the fax has been transmitted
  5. When incoming fax is received, it will be attached to an email in the manner of a regular email attachment


Sending a Fax Using MetroFax

  1. Open a new message in Gmail.
  2. Select your MetroFax account IT has granted you in the From dropdown.
  3. With your department's faxing email address selected in the From field: type your recipient's fax number (including the 1 at the beginning of the number) followed by
  4. If you want your fax to have a cover page, type the cover page content into the body of the email.
    1. You can format it however you want. It will print out of the recipient's fax machine before the faxed documents, just like it used to.
  5. Attach the documents you wish to fax to the email message.
    1. You can attach most types of printable documents: Word documents (.doc and .docx), PDFs, Excel spreadsheets (.xls and .xlsx), Powerpoint presentations (.ppt or .pptx), Plain or Rich Text files (.txt or .rtf), images (but keep in mind that the transmission is fax-quality so the resolution will be very low), etcetera.
    2. If you have a physical document that you wish to fax, scan it and save it as a PDF before attaching it to the message.
  6. When you're all set, press the Send button!
    1. Your department's faxing email address will receive a confirmation email when the message has been transmitted.


Receiving a Fax Using MetroFax

  1. When a fax is sent to your department’s fax number, an email is delivered to the faxing email inbox. The faxed documents will be attached to this email as PDFs. You can download them to your computer or double click on them to open them, just as you would attachments to any other email.
  2. Remember that, in most cases, your entire department has access to the faxing email inbox.
    1. If the fax contains sensitive information, you may want to click on it and drag it to your personal inbox, then delete it from the department's faxing email inbox. Think of this as walking to the fax machine, picking up the received fax, and bringing it back to your desk.
    2. Some departments have found it useful to request that people sending faxes populate the To field on the cover page with the recipient’s name. This makes it clear who the fax is intended for.

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