Word Search Instructions

Option 1: Quick & Easy

Edit the terms in the boxes below then click the generate button. You can separate terms with commas or line breaks. Bookmark the resulting page (Ctrl + D) to re-use it.




Option 2: Google Sheets

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.
  • 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, in the Google Sheets version. Just paste the URL (address) of a picture you find on the web in the appropriate cell.
    • URLs must end in ".gif", ".png", ".jpg", ".jpeg", or ".webp".
    • 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?

  • On the Options tab in the Google Sheet template you can control:
    • the direction of the words: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal and Backwards
    • the fill characters used