Letter DeJumblerDoes today's word Jumble have you stumped? Have a homework assignment to unscramble words? Or do you just want to see how many different words can be formed out of a set of letters? This Microsoft Word 97 document has a macro that will unscramble the letters for you.
Download the file (38k) by right-clicking the link and saving, or just click it and open the Dejumbler. You must enable macros for it to work.
Unscramble words in any languageIf you already are using a spelling dictionary in Word other than English, you don't have to do anything. But if you want to unscramble words in other languages, you can change Word's spelling dictionary by going to Start:Microsoft Office:Microsoft Office Tools:Microsoft 2003 Language Settings. At the bottom of that dialog box, choose the language you want (for example, Spanish, but German, Italian, French, Russian, Icelandic or any other language Microsoft supports will work too). Then you will need to remove the English dictionary, so in the box on the right click on English and then click Remove (don't worry, it is easy to undo this later). It will ask you about losing customizations and you will have to click "Continue and lose customizations". Now open the DeJumbler (only after you make the change) and click the DeJumble button. If English is enabled and you enter "erupto" you get "pouter" and "troupe". But if Spanish is the only dictionary enabled you get "puerto", "purote", "putero", and "reputo". Don't forget to set the language back when you are done.
How it worksFirst it alphabetizes the letters and then generates every possible combination of the letters, testing each with Word's built-in spell checker to see if it has found a valid word. When it finds a word it gives you the option to search for more. It is limited to 8 letters which will take a few minutes to work on.