About Word Search Labs
Word Search Labs is a simple word search maker. It was built by yours truly, Matt Johnson, back in 2013. It got little traction because it was kind of lame. In May 2022, I spent a bunch of time improving it. I hope you like it.
Please Help Spread The Word!
I put my heart and soul into this thing, and it would be nice to get some visitors. So if you enjoy my word search generator please help others find it. Blog about it, tweet about it, or share a link to it:
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I print my word search?
Go to your word search page, and click the aptly named "Print" button. It's right below the word search title.
How do I print the answer key?
On your word search page, check the "Answers" checkbox (below the word search title). That will toggle the answer key. If you are not authenticated, it is a button, and it will take you to the authentication page.
How do I save the word search as a PDF file?
Click the Print button, and in the print dialog box, choose your browser's (or operating system's) built-in "PDF Printer" option. Then click "Print" in the dialog box, and save the printout to your Desktop.
If you don't have a PDF printer installed, get a better browser or operating system (come on, it's 2024).
How do I solve the word search online?
Just bring up your word search, and click-n-drag to select a word.
What is "Focus Mode"?
It displays the word search without any branding, or buttons to distract you. If you have students solving your puzzle online, you probably want to send them to the focus mode page.
The focus mode URL is available by clicking on the "Share" button.
Does Word Search Labs work on the iPad?
Yes. It works on just about any device.
Does Word Search Labs filter out bad words that might appear in the word search randomly?
Yes, but if a substring of your word is a bad word, obviously, it won't filter it out (like "URANUS")
Can I sell my word search, or use it for commercial purposes?
Yes. No attribution to WordSearchLabs.com is required. But it's definitely appreciated.
My students fill out the word search online. How can they send it to me for grading?
WordSearchLabs isn't really setup for that kind of thing. You can have your students:
- Take a screenshot and email it to you
- Use the Print button to print as a PDF (and email the PDF to you).
I selected some words in the puzzle and now everyone can see what I selected!!!
No, they can't. Word Search Labs saves your selections in your web browser's storage system. This ensures if you refresh the page or close the browser accidentally, you don't lose all your selections. People on other computers or different browser contexts won't see your answers.
How do I hide the answers?
The only reason you can see the answers is because you're authenticated. Your students won't be able to see the answers when they view your word search.
I don't want anyone to be able to edit my word search!
They can't. Same reason as above.
The embed code is not working the way I want it to.
Tough cookies. What you see is what you get.
How can I contact you?
Please review all the FAQs on this page before you email email@example.com with a question (I get lots of emails with questions that are answered right here on this page - don't be one of those people).