How to Make a Free and Printable Crossword Puzzle

By Emmanuelle Douglas

Make free and printable crossword puzzles by using templates that are available online and on your computer. These templates can assist you as you create custom puzzles for upcoming projects or tasks. The templates are available from Microsoft and other online crossword puzzle sites. Review the template galleries and select the puzzle that fits your needs. Have your answers and clues ready to add to your template.

Word 2010

Step 1

Click the "File" tab and select "New." Type "Puzzle" in the search box. Click the "Enter" key on the keyboard. Review the crossword puzzles that appear. Download the puzzle by clicking the "Download" icon in the right section of your window.

Step 2

Review the design and clues for the puzzle. Plan your clues so they will fit in the preformatted design. Highlight the default clues of the puzzle and add your own clues.

Step 3

Save the changes by clicking the "File" tab and "Save." Print the puzzle by clicking the "Print" icon on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Crossword Puzzle Games

Step 1

Access the Crossword Puzzle Games site. Type in your clues and hints in the provided boxes.

Step 2

Click "Create My Crossword Puzzle" button.

Step 3

Review the newly created puzzle. Print the puzzle by clicking "File" in your web browser and "Print."

Puzzle Maker

Step 1

Access the Puzzle Maker website. Click the "Criss Cross" link. Type a title for your puzzle in the "Title" box.

Step 2

Type the answer and clue in step four. For example, if you want to add the answer "Blue" and clue of "Color of Blueberries," use this format: "blue color of blueberries." Continue adding your clues and answers at the rate of one clue and answer per line.

Step 3

Click "Create My Puzzle" to generate the puzzle. Print the puzzle by clicking "File" and "Print" in your web browser.

Tips & Warnings

  • When creating a crossword puzzle, have your clues and answers prepared. Different companies and websites will have different layouts so be prepared to adjust your information to fit the layout.