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How to Make a Crossword Puzzle on Microsoft Word

Updated March 23, 2017

If you have Microsoft Word, you have access to many templates located at Microsoft Office Online. For example, you can download templates for invitations, calendars, and crossword puzzles. If you want to create a crossword puzzle using Word, you only need to download a crossword puzzle template to get started. Creating a crossword puzzle can be time consuming, but using a template will make it easier.

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  1. Open Microsoft Word and click the "Office" button.

  2. Click "New" when the Office menu opens. The "New Document" dialogue box will open. You can create a new document here or download a template.

  3. Enter "crossword puzzle" in the Microsoft Office Online search bar located at the top of the dialogue box to search for a crossword puzzle template.

  4. Select a crossword puzzle template from the search results and click "Download." The template will begin downloading to your computer and will open as a new Word document.

  5. Remove the sample information from the template and enter your own clues.

  6. Right click over the puzzle to add a white box or to shade a box. Select "Border and Shading" from the menu that opens and then click the "Shading" tab when the dialogue box opens.

  7. Click the arrow next to "Fill" and choose a box to fill with a white or black colour, depending on whether you want a white box for a clue or a black box to serve as a space. Click "OK."

  8. Add extra boxes in the crossword puzzle by highlighting a row or column and then pressing the right mouse button. Click "Insert" from the menu that opens and then choose to insert a row or column to the left or right of the highlighted area.

  9. Add numbers to the white boxes to correspond with the clues. Select a white box and enter a number in the box. Highlight the number and right-click with your mouse.

  10. Select "Font" from the menu that opens. The "Font" dialogue box will open. Check the box next to "Superscript" and click "OK."

  11. Fill out a copy of your crossword puzzle to make sure that there is a white box for each clue and that none of the clues intersect each other at the wrong place.

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About the Author

Erika Dean has been writing since 2000. She has published many articles for Demand Studios and enjoys writing about the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows OS, and the Internet (MySpace, Facebook, email). Dean has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop University and is a former English/language arts teacher.

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