Lexica Word Finder Support

Word Lists

If Lexica Word Finder provides a word that you believe is not in the desired word list, or conversely doesn't return a word that you expected in the word list, first ensure that the correct word list is selected if your version of Lexica Word Finder provides multiple choices, as several do (Pro, Scrabble Pro, Scrabble (World), Scrabble (America) and Scrabble (Student).

If you still feel that a word is missing or should not be present, please contact us at support@lexicasoftware.com.

Pattern Mode

Lexica Word Finder has an intuitive user interface but offers powerful capabilities, especially in pattern match mode. There are three pattern modes, Basic, Advanced and Expert, which you choose by clicking the pattern button. Each of these id duscsed below.

Some examples for using pattern mode are shown below, using the iPhone verson of Lexica, but the iPad and Mac versions work identically.

Enter your letters in the search field near the top of the screen, in any order. Lexica will show all the words that can be formed from your letters. For example, if you enter letters 'asdferty' Lexica will display all possible words from those letters, as seen below.

In Basic mode, you can either enter one or more letters in order that all words should start with in the Begins field, or enter one or more letters in order that all words should contain anywhere, including at the beginning or end, in the Contains field, or one or more letters in order that should be at the end of the words in the Ends field. Any letters specified in the Begins, Contains or Ends fields will be blue in the results.

If you have blank tiles, enter @ for each blank tile on your rack, as seen in the example below. Lexica will show where to use your blank tiles and what letter they should be by coloring them red in the results.

In the below example, there are two blank tiles, so enter two @s.

There are three ways in Basic mode to account for letters already on the board. So if you want to know all words that start with 'br' on the board, tap the Begins field and enter 'br', as shown below. Lexica shows any letters entered in the Begins, Contains and Ends fields colored blue in the results.

Similarly, if you want to know all words that contain 'ede' on the board, tap the Contains field and enter 'ede', as shown below. Note that Lexica will search for the letter or letters entered in the Contains field at any position, including the beginning and end.

If you want to know all words that end in 'el' on the board, tap the Ends field and enter 'el', as shown below.

In Advanced mode, you specify the pattern using the pattern text fields that appear as you enter your letters in pattern mode. By default, each pattern field has a ?, which means it will attempt to use any of your letters in that position if left blank.

As you enter letters in the pattern fields in Advanced mode, they will increase in number (up to 10) to reflect that longer words can be formed. If there are one or more letters you need in the middle of a word, enter those in the pattern fields. Lexica searches for an exact match, so if you enter 'd' in the third field and 'e' in the fourth field, it will find all words with letters from the search field in the first and second position, 'de' in the third and fourth positions, and other letters following those based on how many you type in the search field.

If you want all words that start with ‘ch’ and use as many of your tiles as possible, type ‘c’ in the first text field and 'h' in the second text field, as shown below.

The text fields in Advanced mode allow you to refine the results in powerful ways. For example, if you want words where the second letter is ‘a’ and the fourth letter is ‘g’, enter those letters in the respective text fields, as shown below. The specified letters are colored blue.

If you enter a letter in the last pattern field, Lexica will search for all words using your tiles that end in the specified letter. Any letters specified in the pattern fields will be blue in the results. As soon as you enter a letter, it adds a new pattern field at the end and places the letter there. In the default length mode, less than or equal, Lexica will return all words ending in that letter for all possible lengths, as shown below.

You can enter a desired length in the length field, and if you do, you can choose whether Lexica returns words less than or equal to that length (default), equal, or greater than or equal. This allows you to refine the results to only what you want. An example of specifying a length is shown below.

Expert mode is Lexica's first pattern mode, back by popular demand. In Expert mode, you specify your tiles in the search text field, then the desired pattern to match separated by a space. The allowed characters in the pattern are letters already on the board, '?', '!' and '-', where '?' means optionally use any of your tiles in that position, '!' means mandatorily use one of your tiles in that position, and '-' means use as many of the tiles as possible. For example, the pattern 'ch!!d???' means search for words that start with 'ch', followed by two mandatory letters from your tiles, followed by a 'd', optionally followed by up to three characters from your tiles. Note that another way to enter this pattern is 'ch!!d-'. Expert mode lets you specify precisely what patterns to match, as shown below.

Another example of Expert mode is shown below, in which '-' has been used to find all words that start with 'ch', have an 'f' as the fifth letter, and any letters (or none) following the 'f'.

Expert mode can also be used as shown below to find all words with a letter in any position, in which '-' is used before and after that letter, as shown below. This is equivalent to putting a 'g' in the Contains field in Basic pattern mode.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at support@lexicasoftware.com.