Word Search Maker in Google Sheets

Google Sheets Word Search Maker

Create custom word search puzzles with ease using this convenient tool. With just a few simple steps, you can generate word search puzzles using your own list of words.

This tool is perfect for teachers, students, or anyone looking to have some fun with words. Follow the instructions below to get started:

  1. Open the template preview of the Word Search Generator Google Sheet
  2. Click on the ‘USE TEMPLATE‘ button in the top-right corner.
  3. Enter or paste a list of words in Column A, starting on cell A2
  4. Click the ‘make puzzle + answer key‘ button

This tool will automatically generate a word search puzzle by randomly placing the words in any possible direction within the grid. It will also color-code the cells containing the words to create an answer key. The original sheet’s name with have “-ANSWER KEY” appended to it, it will be duplicated, and the duplicate will have ” – HIDE ANSWERS” appended to its name. This duplicate sheet will serve as the word search puzzle, which can be projected on a whiteboard, shared digitally, or printed.

If you wish to save the puzzle as a PDF, click the ‘Print to PDF’ button. This will create a PDF version of the puzzle in your Google Drive, and open it in a neighboring tab.

Privacy Policy for Word Search Maker

(for the purposes of getting this app verified by Google)

What data do we handle? Our application does not actively collect any personal data. However, the application verifies ownership of the Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template for certain permissions using the user’s Google account.

Google Data Usage Compliance This application’s use and transfer to any other app of information received from Google APIs will adhere to Google API Services User Data Policy, including the Limited Use requirements. This ensures that your data received via Google APIs is used and handled according to strict standards.

How do we use your data? The user’s Google account is solely used to check the ownership of the Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template and to grant permissions accordingly within the context of the application.

How is your data stored? All data inputted by the user is stored within the Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template, and not elsewhere. Users can manually delete the data in the Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template.

Limited Use Compliance Disclosure We comply with the Google API Services User Data Policy, including the Limited Use requirements. For more information, please review the Google API Services User Data Policy by clicking here.

What are your data protection rights? You have the right to access your own personal data, which is stored directly in the Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template you are using. Your data is not stored anywhere else.

Cookies Our application does not use cookies.

Changes to this privacy policy We keep this privacy policy under regular review and place any updates on our website and other platforms where we have posted our application. This privacy policy was last updated on July 26, 2023.

How to contact us If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please do not hesitate to contact us. Email us at megiddo at gmail.com

Terms of Service

(for the purposes of getting this app verified by Google)

1. Agreement to Terms

By using this Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template application, you agree to abide by these Terms of Service. If you disagree with any part of the terms, then you may not access the application.

2. Changes to Terms

I reserve the right, at my sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time.

3. Use of the Application

You are responsible for any activity that occurs through your use of the application. You agree not to distribute any part of the application without my explicit permission.

4. Ownership

The application, including the associated Word Search Maker Google Sheet Template and Apps Script code, is owned by me. You are granted a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the application for its intended purpose.

5. Limitation of Liability

In no event shall I, nor my partners, agents, suppliers, or affiliates, be accountable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, including without limitation, loss of profits, data, use, goodwill, or other intangible losses, resulting from your use of the application.

6. Contact Information

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact me at
megiddo at gmail.com.


The code:

Word Search Maker - Privacy Policy


Running the unverified Google Apps Script I’m sharing is a safe and straightforward process. Here’s what you will see on the first run:

  1. Authorization Request: When running the script, you will encounter an authorization request, which is a standard procedure for the script to access specific data within your Google account.
  2. Clicking ‘Advanced‘: During the authorization process, you will be prompted to click on the ‘Advanced‘ option to review and understand the script’s permissions before proceeding.
  3. Allowing Script to Run: After clicking ‘Advanced’, you might see a warning about the script being unverified. Rest assured, this does not indicate any malicious activity. To proceed, simply select the option to allow the script to run..

Please note that by allowing the script to run, you are granting permission for it to read from and modify the contents of cells in the sheet. This is necessary for the script to perform the requested actions and only needs to be done once.

Additionally, I want to clarify that the code for this script was co-authored with ChatGPT. However, it is self-contained and does not involve any external APIs or calls to AI when it is run. Your data and device will remain secure. I hope this information alleviates any concerns you may have.

I hope you enjoy using the Word Search Generator tool to engage and challenge your students or to simply have fun solving word search puzzles. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out.

Happy puzzling!

~ Avi

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