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How to play Word Search?
  • Words run horizontally, vertically, diagonally & even backwards
  • Drag to select words.
  • Find words as fast as possible to win.

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Free Online Word Search Puzzles

Everybody loves a good game of hide and seek, especially when they are hunting for words. Word search puzzles games allow users to see through a jumble of letters to find hidden words that are often centered around a specific theme. These games are a great way to pass the time and test your spelling abilities, and they can be an excellent tool for helping children learn vocabulary, historical persons, important places, and much more.

ProProfs is proud to offer a vast array of word search puzzles for interested players. Whether you love superheroes, newsmedia, or something else, there is a ProProfs word search game designed for you. You can even make your own word search puzzle based on the words of your choice.

Word Search Games: From Spain to America

Word search games have really not been around for all that long. They were available first in Spanish in puzzles called "Soup of Letters" in English, but they really took off when an American first put one together. In 1968, Norman Gibat developed the first word search game for a publication called the Selenby Digest, which was available at the Safeway supermarket in Norman, Oklahoma. Teachers saw the potential for the tool as a fun way to help kids learn new facts and began adopting the puzzles for themselves. Soon, people all over the United States and the world were doing these games.

Word Search Maker: Use Any Theme You Want

Our ProProfs word search generator allows you to create any kind of word search game you desire. Choose the Create Word Search link at the top of the page and follow the directions. Our word search maker will take the words you enter and make a word search game out of them for you. Print it off or solve it online!

ProProfs Word Search Instructions

To solve the word searches made on ProProfs, follow the following instructions:
  • Click on the first letter of one of the hidden words listed on the right side of the page and then drag cursor until all letters in the word are highlighted.
  • Continue to click and drag on the different words until you find all the words hidden in the puzzle.
  • Words may be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and they also may be listed backwards in puzzle.
  • The faster you fine the words, the higher your score. Highlight the wrong group of letters and you will lose points.

How to Solve a Word Search: Tips to Make it Easier

The jumble of letters can make a word search game confusing to the eye. Here are some tips to help you see through the jumble and find all the hidden words.
  • Look for rare letters:
    Letters like Q and X are often sparsely distributed throughout a word search game. Look for these letters first if any of the hidden words contain them.
  • Scan around each letter carefully:
    When you find a letter that might be the first letter in one of your hidden words, look at the eight surrounding letters to see if you can start forming a line of letters. If this is impossible, move on and look for the letter elsewhere. For example, if your word is "baseball" and the first "b" you find does not have an "a" next to it, then you know that your hidden word does not start there.
  • Look for parts of compound words
    Sometimes it is easier to look for the parts of a compound word if there are compound words in your hidden word list. For example, if you are looking for the word mailman, try to find the words mail or man first and you will probably find the word you want.

Find Your Word Today

ProProfs wants you to begin experiencing the fun of a word search game today. Choose your game or create your own and get started trying to find that word right away!

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