How to Use WordFinder: An Inside Guide
Choose Your Word Game
Let’s start with a basic primer. The core functionality of the WordFinder tool is to unscramble letters and find all the words you can spell with those letters. That’s the big idea, and it’s a really helpful one if you ask us!
Before you do anything else, you’ll want to choose the word game you’re currently playing. This isn’t as important if you’re filling out a crossword puzzle or writing some anagram poetry. It is critically important, though, if you’re playing a game like Scrabble GO or Words With Friends. The games use different dictionaries and scoring systems.
The Correct Game Dictionary
From the main WordFinder homepage, you’ll see the “Game Dictionary” option below the main search bar. Pick from the provided options. If you’re not sure, “All Scrabble Dictionaries” is typically the safest bet. You can also choose from the full list of word game cheats that we offer, including:
Words With Friends
4 Pics 1 Word
and many others!
Enter Your Letters to Search
Once you’ve picked your game, the next step is to enter the letters you want to search and unscramble. You can enter up to 20 letters at a time, including up to three wildcards. Indicate a wildcard with either a space or a question mark. Then, simply click on the magnifying glass search button.
Use WordFinder Advanced Search
But wait! There’s more! Just like we have in the WordFinder app, the WordFinder website tool also offers four main options for the advanced search. You can use any or all these options in any combination that you’d like. For any of these advanced search options, you can enter as many letters as you’d like.
Starts with: See words that start with these letters. Entering WO may provide such words as WORD, WON, and WOLF.
Contains: See words that contain these letters in this order. You can also include underscores for letters in a certain position. So, entering C_E may provide such words as ACCESS, CACHE, and CHEAT.
Ends in: See words that end in these letters. Entering ER may provide such words as WINNER, PLAYER and OVER.
Length: See words that have a specific word length. Entering 3 may provide such words as THE, FUN, and WAY.
When you include letters in the advanced search, don’t include them in the main search bar. Of course, if you want to include duplicate letters, you can. For example, if you want to build off an S as a hook in Scrabble and you have an S in your tile rack, then you can certainly include an S in your main search and add “S” to the “includes” advanced search field.
Use a combination of advanced search options to get more specific results. For example, if you put in RACITI your main search, specifying you want a word that starts with D, contains ON, ends in Y and is 10 letters long, the single resulting answer is DICTIONARY.
Read the Unscramble Letters Results Page
You’ve selected your game dictionary, you’ve utilized the advanced search, and now you’re looking at the results page with all your words. That’s awesome. By default, the word list is sorted by length and, if applicable, you’ll see how many points each word is worth in your game too.
Beyond looking through this list to find the best word you should play, you can also take advantage of these features, options and functions.
Read definition: Click on the little “def” button in the same row as your chosen word. This brings up the definition for the word, as well as its part of speech, as a little pop-up bubble without taking you away from the results page. You can also click on the link in that pop-up to see the full definition on YourDictionary.
Save words: Click on the “heart” icon to save a word to your word list. It’s best if you use the sign-in feature at the top of the page. That way, you can log into your account from any device to save your words to the same list.
See saved words: Click on the three vertical dots to bring up a mini menu. One of those options lets you see your saved words.
See related words: Click on the same three vertical dots and choose “see related words.” This brings you to a new page with the definition, as well as other words using the same letters.
Report invalid word: We try our best to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. If you find a word that doesn’t work in your game, click on the “flag” icon to report it as an invalid word.
Sort all results: In the left sidebar, you’ll see the option to sort all the results by word length (default) or by total points.
Filters: Tick the “Bonus Points” box if you’d like to include the bonus when you play all 7 letter tiles. That’s 50 bonus points in Scrabble and 35 bonus points in Words With Friends. For example, PREVAIL is worth 12 points in Scrabble, but 62 points with the bonus. Similarly, PREVAIL is worth 15 points in Words With Friends, but 50 points with the bonus.
Verify Words With the Scrabble Dictionary
Sometimes, you may not be as interested in unscrambling a set of letters. Instead, perhaps you’ve already got a word in mind that you want to play. What you want is to confirm that this is a valid word you can play in Scrabble or Scrabble GO. That’s when you’ll want to use the WordFinder Scrabble dictionary.
Simply enter your word into the provided search field on that page and hit enter. Right at the top, you’ll see whether your word is playable in Scrabble, as well as how many points it is worth, the part of speech, and a brief definition. Below that, you’ll get a list of Scrabble words that use the same letters, in case you’re curious about other options you may have.
Our Scrabble dictionary is especially handy if you’re playing the traditional Scrabble board game. Just keep the page up on your device of choice and refer to our Scrabble dictionary whenever someone challenges a word in Scrabble. Get ready for the “I told you so!”
Browse the Word Lists
If you want to win in your favorite word games, it pays to build up your word knowledge. Expand your vocabulary by browsing through our word lists. These word lists are a great place to find just the right words to fit in just the right places at just the right time. They include:
Words that start with a letter
Words with a letter
Words that end in a letter
Words that are a certain number of letters long
Get the WordFinder App Too
We want to help you find the best words in whatever way works best for you. The WordFinder website is mobile-optimized to work on any device with any size screen. We’re always right here, accessible from any web browser. If you’d prefer to get an app, we’ve got you covered there too.
Michael Kwan is a professional writer and editor with over 14 years of experience. Fueled by caffeine and WiFi, he's no stranger to word games and dad jokes.