Word Search Instructions

Want to Make Your Own Word Search?

Step 1: Modify the Google Spreadsheet Template

  • Make a copy of this template. (You'll need to sign-in with your Google account.)
  • Edit the Words. The more terms you use, the less likely it is that your word search will fit onto one printed page. (The Clues column is optional.)
  • Enter as many words as you wish, but the more you use, the less likely the word search will fit on one page.
  • Label your word search puzzle by changing the name of the worksheet (at the bottom).
  • Do not edit any cell with a blue background. Do not change the order of the worksheets (tabs).

Step 2: Publish Your Spreadsheet

  • Go to File, Publish to the Web…, then click Publish.

Step 3: Get Your Flippity.net Link

  • Click on the Get the Link Here tab of the template (at the bottom).
  • Click on the Flippity.net link to see and print out your word search puzzle.
    • Press the reload button to generate different configurations.
    • Press the key button to see and print the answer key.

Step 4: Bookmark and Share

  • Bookmark the page to find it again quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I play my Word Search online?

  • Wordsearches are designed to be printed, not played online.

Can I use pictures as clues?

  • Yes, just paste the URL (address) of a picture you find on the web in the appropriate cell.
    • URLs must end in ".gif", ".png", ".jpg", or ".jpeg".
    • You cannot use Google Drive to store your images.
    • You can use Google Drawings. Use the "Publish to the web…" link.
    • Images are automatically resized.
    • (Be sure you have the legal right to use each image.)

Are there any options?

  • You can control the direction of the words on the Options tab: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal and Backwards.