Detailed instructions for Step 4

• Normal Location

Step 4 can be a little confusing. The idea here is that you are trying to place the center-edge pieces into Side 2 (the white side). Usually, the pieces you need to place are located in the middle slice. If this is the case, simply rotate the middle slice until the piece you need to place is in the "Move This" location. Next, rotate side 2 (the bottom slice) until the location the piece belongs is in the "To Here" location. Now use Move 3 or Move 4, and the piece will travel through the keyhole and into the "To Here" location. The following figures show the cube and the appropriate moves. See below for directions for other cases.

Figure 9 If the cube looks like Figure 9, then Move 3 will put the piece into place.
Move 3: F H2 F-1 
In words, rotate the front side (red here) one quarter turn clockwise, then the middle horizontal slice (containing the red, green, pink, and yellow middle-center pieces) two quarter turns (half-way around), then the front side one quarter turn counter clockwise.
 
Figure 10 If the cube looks like Figure 10, then Move 4 will put the piece into place.
Move 4: F-1 H F 
In words, rotate the front side (red here) one quarter turn counter clockwise, then the middle horizontal slice (containing the red, green, pink, and yellow middle-center pieces) one quarter turn clockwise (so that the red/white corner piece moves toward the front), then the front side one quarter turn clockwise.

• Alternative Locations

Sometimes a center-edge piece for side 2 is located in the wrong spot on side 2, as illustrated in Figure A. In this case, you need to move it out of side 2 and into the middle slice. To do this, rotate Side 2 until the piece is in line with the KeyHole (i.e. in the "Goes Here" location), then use Move 3 to move it back into the middle slice. Now things are back to normal and you can follow the instructions in the above paragraph.

Alternatively, the desired center-edge piece could be oriented wrong, as illustrated in Figure B. In this case, you need only use Move 3, and the piece will move out of Side 2 and back into the middle slice. You can now follow the instructions in the above paragraph.
Figure A Figure B
 
• In the Keyhole

The third option is that the desired center-edge piece is currently in the keyhole. Do not concern yourself with this unless it is the final piece to be placed into Side 2 (because if it isn't the final piece, then it will be moved out of the keyhole when you place a different piece into Side 2). The best way to deal with this is to orient the cube as shown in Figure C, then use Move 3 to move the piece out of the keyhole and into the middle slice. You can now follow the instructions in the first paragraph to place the piece into Side 2.
Figure C

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Last Modified June 15, 2003