Rubik's Cube for Beginners

Step 1: Form Cross

In this step, you have to form a cross on the D-face. I prefer to make a white cross because it stands out more from the other colors so it is easier to find. From now on, the rest of the guide will refer to white as the cross color. If you do a cross with a different color, just change "white" to your color.

The four edge pieces that are used to form the cross have a specific place. The color other that the color of the cross has to match with the color of the center of the face it is in.

Good Cross Bad Cross
The red-white edge piece lines up with the red center. The green-white edge piece lines up with the green center. The orange-white edge piece lines up with the orange center. The blue-white edge piece lines up with the blue center. The red-white edge piece does not line up with the red center. The green-white edge piece does not line up with the green center.

Unfortunately, the first step is the hardest step. This step is completely intuitive, and may seem impossible at first, but all you really need to be able to do is understand how to move the cubies around.

With practice, you should be able to solve the cross very fast. The most important thing to be able to consistently form the cross is practice, practice, practice. If you are stuck or need help, check out Dan's CubeStation's page on solving the cross for more info.