How to Use a Sharp UX-510 Fax Machine

by Elizabeth Dearborn; Updated September 26, 2017

The Sharp UX-510 fax machine is an economical fax/copier which uses plain paper and thermal film. The Sharp UX-510 has many other features which are not detailed in this article, such as automatic fax cover sheet generation, printed status reports, daylight saving time correction and speed dial. It likewise works well as a standard touch-tone telephone. But before you can do anything with it, this fax machine requires initial setup to enable its basic operation.

Items you will need

  • Sharp UX-510 fax machine
  • Plain paper
Step 1

Check to make sure the package includes all of these items: UX-510 fax machine, paper tray, paper tray cover, telephone handset and cord, starter roll of imaging film with takeup roller, telephone line cord, three gears, one flange and printed manual. The gears and the flange are made of green plastic and are used for installing the imaging film.

Step 2

If you're using an answering machine, connect it to the "TEL. SET" jack on the back of the fax machine.

Step 3

Connect the phone line to the "TEL. LINE" jack.

Step 4

Connect the telephone handset. Listen to make sure you have a dial tone.

Step 5

Now install the starter imaging film. Don't remove the rubber band from it yet. Place a gear into either end of the roll of film so the tabs on the gears fit the slots on the spool.

Step 6

Open the printing compartment and drop the film in. The gears will fit into the slots on either side of the printing compartment. Now cut the rubber band and remove it.

Step 7

At this point, you'll have one gear and one flange. Insert the flange into the left end of the empty spool and the gear into the right end of the empty spool.

Step 8

Now pull the empty spool toward the back of the printing compartment, fitting the flange and gear into the slots on the sides. Wind the film evenly onto the spool until there is no slack. Close the printing compartment cover.

Step 9

Load the machine with plain paper, up to 200 sheets, and replace the paper tray cover.

Step 10

Enter your name and telephone number into the machine as required by FCC regulations for fax transmission. Press "FUNCTION" and then "3." You'll see "ENTRY MODE" in the display area.

Step 11

Now press the "#" key twice. "OWN NUMBER SET" appears in the display.

Step 12

Press "START." Enter your own fax number. Press "START" again when you are finished.

Step 13

Enter your name with the number keys. Press "1" for a space or "#" for a period. When you're finished, press "START" and then "STOP."

Step 14

To enter the date and time, press "FUNCTION" and then "3." You'll see "ENTRY MODE" in the display area. Now press "*" four times. The display will change to "DATE & TIME SET."

Step 15

Press "START" and enter two digits for the month, for example "01" for January through "12" for December.

Step 16

Now enter two digits for the day of the month.

Step 17

Next, enter the last two digits of the year.

Step 18

Enter two digits for the hour and two digits for the minute.

Step 19

Press "*" for a.m. or "#" for p.m.

Step 20

Press "START," then "STOP." Now your name, phone number, time and date will be included at the top of each page of your outgoing faxes.

Step 21

Place the document face down and gently push it into the document feeder.

Step 22

Lift the telephone handset and dial the fax number.

Step 23

When you hear the fax being received on the other end, press "START" and replace the telephone handset.

Step 24

If your fax machine is in "AUTO" mode, it will answer in fax mode after the fourth ring and receive and print faxes.

Step 25

If you answer an incoming fax call, you will hear a fax tone. If "RECEIVING" appears in the display, hang up, and the fax will be received and printed. If you don't see "RECEIVING," press "START" and then hang up.

Step 26

To change modes, press "RECEPTION MODE" until "AUTO" or "MANUAL" appears in the display. In "MANUAL" mode, you answer all calls.


  • The starter roll of imaging film will print about 65 pages. When this runs out, purchase UX-15CR imaging film from an office supply store.


  • If confidential documents are printed from your fax machine, the text will be readable on the used imaging film.

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Elizabeth Dearborn is a former medical transcriptionist who now publishes websites and books. She writes mostly nonfiction and computer code but has been known to write flash fiction from time to time. She lives in Buffalo, New York and enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and gardening.

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