Word search puzzle generator
This page allows you to create word search puzzles using your
It has been used by many types of people, with teachers
and students being groups that stand out.
Please enter a set of words.
When you are
done, hit the “Puzzle” button to generate a word search puzzle.
Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the “Printable HTML” or
“Printable PDF” buttons to get a clean page suitable for printing
with your web browser.
The puzzle that is generated will remain on this server for about
If you want to ensure that you have
a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave
a message with:
When you generate your puzzle, you will have the opportunity to see
an answer key as well as list the puzzle where others can see it.
Please keep the listed
puzzles to a “G” type rating so that people of any age can enjoy them.
Also, only list puzzles of general use.
Classmate names are not interesting
to anyone outside of the class, while a vocabulary test might well be
interesting to the general public.
You can see the
currently listed puzzles.
I have taken some of those puzzles that people have listed, and
put them into a Best Of… listing.
Enter a word list.
If you want, you can call up an
to use for cutting and pasting letters that are hard to type.
This chart will
come up in a separate window.
Some people find this word list form too small, or want to have hidden
There is another form with many more words,
but large puzzles will take a long time to generate.
To make puzzles harder, use the
input form, and create misspelled words.
Use the checkbox next to these
words so that they are not listed in the wordlist for the puzzle.
I originally wrote a word search generator long ago for a
contest put on by a
magazine called Micro Cornucopia.
It is long since
dead, and unfortunately nothing has risen to take its place.
However, this program has lived on in a variety of forms.
Over the years, I’ve received many messages from students, teachers,
and parents who have used the program for school work as well as
a way to give a pleasant diversion from the normal grind.
I have some other programs that might also interest you: