This tutorial will show you how you can use Puzzle Maker Pro - Word Search to create Missing Vowel puzzles.
Puzzle Maker Pro - Word Search offers a lot of 'hidden' options. Hidden in plain sight, that is.
Step 1 - Specify which letters to remove
On the 'Advanced' tab for Word Search Puzzle Settings, you can find an option 'Remove Other'. Although originally intended to remove certain symbols in other languages, such as ', `, and - in French words and word combinations, you can also use this setting to create Missing Vowel puzzles.
In the screenshot you can see that we chose to remove A, E, I, O, U and Y (even though Y is not always considered a vowel).
By its nature, missing vowel word search puzzles will be very compact, since all the words will be a lot shorter and easier to connect to other words.
Warning: There are quite a few words that will result in just a single letter if you remove the vowels, such as 'age', 'ago', 'aid', 'aide', 'no', 'any', or two letters , like 'all', 'ally'. Especially the single letter results will make the puzzle hard or impossible to solve, since a single 'g' or 'n' could also be randomly chosen for an empty square. Please make sure that you check your word list and the resulting puzzle to verify that it's the puzzle you want to publish.
Step 2 - Fill the Empty Squares
On the 'Solution' tab you can specify which letters you want to use for the empty squares, in the 'Hidden Word' section. It makes sense to remove the vowels from this list as well.