Hidator manual



Sets the gridsize for the puzzle.The cells outside the grid area will be filled automatically with "|||".

Blocked cells


Typing a capital X in a cell causes this cell not to participate in the puzzle, which allows us to design puzzles with irregular shapes.

Paste numbers (PF11)

Reads the text content from the clipboard and imports this as puzzle.

Cut numbers (PF12)

Fills the clipboard with a text format of the current puzzle.

Cut for excel (PF04)


Fills the clipboard with a text format of the current puzzle, which can be pasted into an excel spreadsheet for further formatting and printing.

Solving techniques


Various solving techniques, like cornering and pairs, can be switched on and off. Further explanation of these solving techniques can be found at http://forum.enjoysudoku.com/hidato-t6404.html.

Menu Puzzle


Add all forced

Solves (or attempts to solve) the current puzzle, using the regular solver with the specified solving techniques.

Create complete grid

Creates a complete, valid grid, based on the current clues. Indirectly, this option may solve puzzles beyond the solving power of the regular solver.

Create Puzzle

Creates a puzzle, based on the current clues and the specified maximum number of clues.

Count solutions

Counts the number of solutions of the current puzzle. Beyond 1, the exact number is not calculated and "> 1" is displayed instead.

NOS Based puzzle

Generates a puzzle by removing clues as long as the solution is unique. Possibly, the resulting puzzle will outreach the solving power of the regular solver.

Clear givens

Clears the givens, but leaves the blocked cells intact

Menu Variants



Regular Hidato


Only non-diagonal moves are allowed.


Consecutive numbers are separated by a knight's move.

Diagonal wormhole

Each pair of opposite corner cells is considered to be connected.

No edges

Edges are considered to be connected, and the grid could thus be considered as a torus (or donut).