The file extension FAX is associated with a variety of different faxing software applications, such as EssentialFax, FaxCenter, SuperFax, and others. FAX files are often found as an email attachment since they are sent using an Internet connection. FAX files can also be sent via the Internet to a traditional fax machine, but the most common way is through online transmission to an email account.
The FAX file extension is categorized as an image file type which contains a variety of data associated with documents that are typically sent as a fax. The image provides a view of a document which is often created using a word processing application and can include images, text, a cover sheet, and document formatting.
The file extension FAX is commonly stored as a TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) image which provides a way to include customized data with the image. The TIFF format also uses compression to reduce the size of the file to make it easier to transmit over the Internet. TIFF is a common image format which can be viewed using a variety of software applications.
How to Open FAX Files
Since FAX files can be viewed using multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. FAX files are stored in a common format, so you may already have a program which will open the file.
If you are using the Windows operating system, you can view the file extension FAX with the Photo Viewer which is built into Microsoft Windows. The Photo Viewer is available in the Pictures library which can be accessed by clicking on Start on the main toolbar and then choosing Pictures from the menu. Click on the FAX file you want to view and then click the arrow next to Preview and choose Windows Photo Viewer to open the FAX file.
For Mac OS X, you can use Apple Preview to view the file extension FAX. Apple Preview is preinstalled in OS X Lion and OSX Mountain Lion and will open FAX files. Simply double click on the FAX file to open it in Preview. You can also opt to drag the FAX file to the Preview icon to open it and view the contents.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application, you can open and view the contents of FAX files using XnView. It is an open source software application which provides tools for viewing, storing, and converting more than 300 different types of graphics formats. XnView is available as a free download on the XnView website and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
GIMP is another open source multiplatform which will open images in TIFF format. GIMP is an image editing application which is available as a free download on the GIMP.org website and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.