# First step: form a white cross

I assume that at this point you are familiar with the notation of the Rubik's Cube and you can solve the cube with the beginner's method. If not then I strongly recommend you visit these pages to avoid any confusion. It's up to you which face you want to start with, let's make a convention that for the sake of this tutorial we'll start with the white face. Our goal is to form a cross at the bottom of the Rubik's Cube in a way that the sides of the white edges match the lateral centre pieces. Experienced cubers foresee the steps when they inspect the cube and they plan this step. In most cases you'll need 6 rotations to complete this phase, and you should never need more than 8.

## Some examples - Basic idea

The examples below show a couple situations you can meet. The first one is very easy, you just have to turn the edge piece to the correct position. The second shows how to reorient a piece. The third example demonstrates how to place two pieces in one step. The last step shows the steps to fix the Superflip (the "most scrambled Rubik's Cube") in only 6 moves.
F2
U' R' F R
F R2 D2
Superflip: R F L B R D

This first step of solving the white cross is actually an intuitive stage of the solution process. We couldn't even cover every possible situations because at this stage there are so many cases. Almost everyone could get this far without learning algorithms. But you'll need to practice forming the white cross to make it efficient. Do it smoothly, without stopping and with the cross facing downwards. If this works well, you can proceed in our tutorial to the second step: F2L

CFOP Steps