Finder is a software program that will display words from its list that
have characteristics you desire. It will search a its own file of words
and find all the words that fit your criteria, such as words that start
with certain letters and/or end in certain letters and/or contain
certain letters and/or do not contain certain letters. You may fill in
the following fields on the main screen:
Start with - Put whatever letter or combination of letters, such as a or str, that you want the word to begin with. If you leave this blank, the words can start with any letter.
Ends in - Put whatever letter or combination of letters, such as a or str, that you want the word to end if. If you leave this blank, the words can end if any letter.
Contain - Put whatever letter or combination of letters, such as a or be, that you want the word to contain. If you leave this blank, there will be no requirement. You can, however, provide multiple letters or combinations of letters you want the word to contain, separated by commas. For example, if the Contains box contains "a,e,st,br" (without the quotes), the word would have to contain all of these letter strings, such as the word abreast. If a letter or letter string is repeated, the word must contain that letter or string at least that many times. For example, if you input "a,a,st,st" in the box (without the quotes), the word would have to contain at least two a's and at least two st's, such as abstractionist.
But not start with - If you check this box, the word must contain all the Contain strings, but must no actually start with any of them.
But not end if - If you check this box, the word must contain all the Contain strings, but must no actually end in any of them.
Minimum letters - Input the minimum number of letters you want the words to have. The default is 1.
Maximum letters - Input the maximum number of letters you want the words to have. The default is 100.
Masked - This lets you input a very specific letter mask, such as tr*p**d, were the asterisks are wild cards that allow any letter (one per asterisk). The mask tr*p**d would look for words that start in tr, followed by one other letter, followed by a p, followed by any two other letters, followed by a p. The words would have to be the exact length of the mask. Words found by this particular mask are trapped, tripled, and tripped. When you use a mask, you generally would not fill in any other boxes, although you can add a few additional requirements like excluding or requiring specific letters were the asterisks are. Word finder will ignore the maximum and minimum lengths selection if you provide a mask, since the words must be the same length as the mask. If you leave the masked box empty, Word Finder will use the other rules.
When you have filled in the boxes that you want to use, click on the Find words button. The caption under the list box will say Working. When it is finished, this caption will say Done. The list box will show the list of words, and the caption above the list box will show the word count.
After the list box has been filled, you can clear (empty) it by clicking on the Clear button. IF you do not do this before your next search, the words found in the next search will be added to the words already in the list box.
Save - Clicking on this button will save all the words in the list to a file named FoundWords.txt in the WordFinder folder in your root directory. It will also run NotePad and load this file into it for easy viewing, printing, editing, and resaving.
If you click on a word in the list box, that word is put into your Windows clipboard. Once you do that, you can paste it into any document by selecting the spot in that document and pressing Ctrl-Ins.
Word Finder is useful for poets, writers, and people who do puzzles and
play games like crossword puzzles, word search, or scrabble.
Word Finder is available as shareware. Try it for a month to see if you like it before you have to pay for it. If you do like it, pay a one-time $9.95 registration fee (volume discounts available). Complete instructions are provided for uninstalling Word Finder if you decide that you do not like it. Word Finder runs on Windows 95/98/2000/XP/ME/NT/Vista/2003.
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file in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
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