If you're in a real hurry to unscramble your letters into a word, use our solver (to the left). Otherwise, here are some tips to help you unscramble letters into words the old fashioned way.
First, look for anything you can make into a prefix or suffix. This is a quick way to sort your letters into a word. Test swapping around the other letters to generate additional words. If you're sure you know the prefix or suffix of a word, the answers start to become obvious.
Next, look for an 'S' - that means you can try making a bunch of plurals. Bolt that 'S' onto the end of any word you can make with the rest of your letters. Many word game programs don't have great logic around detecting plurals, so you can often get away with just tacking an S on the end of the world. Warning: this won't work with your english professor!
Next, take a look for any prefixes or suffixes. These are common sequences of letters that are used by many words in the english language. They can be another quick way to unscramble words. Find your prefix or suffix and test mixing up the other letters to make more words. For puzzles, once you're sure you know the prefix or suffix of a word, you really reduce the number of possible words you can make.
Consonant patterns are an excellent option for generating words ideas. If you notice you have two consonants and two vowels, the odds are that you're looking at a sequence of consonant - vowel - consonant - vowel (HAVE, CAVE, VICE). This is a relatively small set of possiblities, so start swapping tiles around and see what you can come up with. Common consonant combinations ('th', 'ch') can play the same role. This was the idea behind our word scramble game. We did give a little additional help by color-coding the correct letters (green means you got it, red means keep trying).