How to Use WordFinder: An Inside Guide

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Trying to find the best possible word to play against your friend in Words With Friends? Want to go and unscramble a high-scoring play in Scrabble? You’ve certainly come to the right place. We’re called WordFinder for a reason! Make the most of our handy word finder and Scrabble cheat tool by following these simple instructions. We’ve got some really cool features to help level up your game!

Choose Your Word Game

Let’s start with a basic primer. The core functionality of our word finder 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.

Choose your word game on WordFinderChoose your word game on WordFinder

The Correct Game Dictionary

From the main WordFinder homepage, you’ll see the game dictionary dropdown menu next to the main search bar. Pick from the provided options. If you’re not sure, “All Games (No Points)” is typically the safest bet. You can also choose from the full list of word game cheats that we offer.

In addition to Words With Friends and Scrabble, both US and UK versions, notable highlights include:

  • 4 Pics 1 Word

  • Jumble solver

  • Anagram solver

  • Word Chums

  • Word Cookies

  • Wordfeud

  • CodyCross

  • Words Story

Our word finder tool can help with any of the games listed above. If you’re looking for help with Wordle, we have a dedicated Wordle solver that will find all the five-letter words you need. Our daily Wordle hints can point you in the right direction, or you can jump straight to a list of Wordle answers if you'd like too.

Select game dictionary on WordFinderSelect game dictionary on WordFinder

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.

Enter your letters on WordFinderEnter your letters on WordFinder

Use WordFinder Advanced Search

But wait! There’s more! Just like we have in the WordFinder mobile app, the WordFinder website tool also offers four main options for advanced searches. You can use any or all these options in any combination. You can also enter up to 20 letters in any of the search options.

Advanced search on WordFinderAdvanced search on WordFinder
  • Length: See words of a specific length, based on the number of letters. Entering three 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 as well. 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 “Contains” advanced search field.

Use a combination of advanced search options to get more specific results. For example, if you put “RACITI” in 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 used 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. 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.

Unscramble results page on WordFinderUnscramble results page on WordFinder
  • Read definition: Click on the little “definition” 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 kebab menu (the three vertical dots) to the right of the definition button. The first option you’ll find is “Save word.” Press the heart-shaped button to add that word to your collection of words.

  • Report invalid words: In the same kebab menu, you’ll also find the option to report an invalid word. We try our best to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. But, if you find a word that doesn’t work in your game, click on the flag-shaped icon to report it as an invalid word.

  • See saved words: Click on your profile at the top of the screen and select “My Saved Words” to view your saved words.

  • Sort your results: There is a “Sort by” option found at the top-right corner of the search results. Open its dropdown menu to find multiple sorting options. Sort the words from A to Z, from Z to A, or by point value.

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. You’ll also see 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. 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 chance to say “I told you so!”

Verify dictionary on WordFinderVerify dictionary on WordFinder

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 great places to find just the right words to fit in just the right places at just the right time. They include:

Browse word lists on WordFinderBrowse word lists on WordFinder

Get the WordFinder App Too

We want to help you find the best words in whatever way is most useful to 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. 

The WordFinder app supports lots of word games and is super convenient to use. Get it on the Google Play Store for Android and download it on the App Store for iOS devices. Happy playing! 

Michael Kwan is a professional writer and editor with over 16 years of experience. Fueled by caffeine and WiFi, he's no stranger to word games and dad jokes.


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