How to create a word cloud

Will Poynter
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Will Poynter

2 mins

Step 1: Log in to your Word Cloud Plus account

Assuming you already have a Word Cloud Plus account, go to the homepage ( and click "Sign in" in the top right corner of the page.

If you don't have a Word Cloud Plus account yet, creating one is super easy. Go to the top right corner of the page and click "Get started", from there you will be taken to our 1-page sign-up screen where we ask for the absolute minimum information required to create an account. Email, password and name, that's it. Now you're ready to start creating word clouds.

Step 2: Click "Create" on the Projects page

The screen presented to new users after creating their Word Cloud Plus account.

If you have never created a project on this computer/browser, you will be shown a screen like the image above with a prominent "Create" button in the middle of the screen. Clicking "Create" will take you to the new project form.

Step 3: Fill out the new project form

There are only two required fields when creating a new project, the name and input content. The name is just for you to identify your work, a bit like the name you give a file. The input content is the text you would like Word Cloud Plus to analyse to create a word cloud. Word Cloud Plus is designed to analyse large amounts of text to extract the words and phrases of the greatest meaning to display on a word cloud therefore it doesn't work well with fewer than 500 words.

NB: If you are looking for a tool to use a list of words you have selected and arrange them into a word collage, we recommend using a tool like

Paste your text into the "Content" field. Common text sources include:

  • A large number of product reviews
  • Open-ended text responses to a survey
  • Blog posts and news articles

When you're ready, click "Create"

Step 4: Take a short break

After clicking "Create", Word Cloud Plus will begin to generate your word cloud. It can take between 2 and 20 seconds to generate the cloud the first time, depending on the size of the input content and the power of your computer. If you change the settings and styling used to generate the word cloud, subsequent redraws of the cloud will be faster than the initial build, but could still take a few seconds for the most challenging projects.