Wordle

Introduction

Wordle is a great Word Cloud generating tool. It makes word clouds from text you provide, giving greater prominence to the words that appear more in the text. It is a useful tool for text analysis. The clouds are also customizable.

Things You'll Need
  • A computer

  • An internet connection

  • Java (TM)

Steps
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    Click Create from the top toolbar or the link “Create your own”.

    Wordle home page with "create your own" link at bottom of the page

     

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    You can either type or paste your text into the box provided.

    Paste in a bunch of text

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    Click Go or Submit.

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    It will load and you will be able to see your Word Cloud shortly.

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    On the top toolbar you will find Edit, Languages, Font, Layout, and Colour menus.

    Edit, Language, Font, Layout, Colour menu options

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    The Languages menu allows you to change the language, uppercase/lowercase, or to get a word count in a different window.

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    You can change the font using the Font menu.

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    You can change other settings such as the shape of your cloud, the direction of the text, alphabetical order, and the maximum number of words, using the Layout menu.

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    You can customize the color as well, using the Color menu.

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    Edit allows you to undo or redo changes you have made.

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    The Randomize button at the bottom will randomly change the appearance of your Wordle.

    Wordle Menu - Open in window, Print, Randomize

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    Once you are satisfied with your Wordle, you can print it by clicking the Print button underneath.

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    You can also save it as a pdf by clicking the Print button and then choosing the pdf printer.

Tips
  • To make some words appear bigger in the Wordle, copy and paste them several times. The more often the words occur in the text, the bigger they will appear in the Wordle.

  • Make several words appear together as a phrase by adding “~” between them.

Warnings
  • To print your Wordle properly, use the Print button and do not print from the File menu.

  • Because of Wordles use of Java, it may not work with Chrome. Try a different browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer if you’re having issues.

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