How to Play FreeCell Solitaire

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

FreeCell Solitaire was created in 1978 and has become extremely popular since its introduction to computer users as part of Windows 95. Unlike other Solitaire games, every FreeCell game is winnable if the proper moves are made.

Set up the Cards

Shuffle the cards thoroughly.

Deal cards out with the faces up into 8 columns until all 52 cards are dealt. Cards can overlap as long as you can see what cards are underneath the top cards.

Determine where you will have space for 4 cards as a temporary holding place during the game.

Choose where you will create 4 stacks of ascending cards to begin with the Aces of each suit (foundations).

Play FreeCell on the computer so you do not have to set up the cards yourself. Click the FreeCell icon and then click 'Game' and 'New Game' or simply press the 'F2' button.

Play FreeCell Solitaire

Look for the Aces of the 4 suits. Try to move the Aces to the foundations as soon as possible.

Play cards between columns by creating lines of cards in descending order, alternating between black and red cards. For example, you can place a red Jack on a black Queen.

Place a card(s) into the 'free cell' (4 spaces to temporarily hold a card) to give you access to cards to move in columns to get to the Aces.

Look for the lower numbers of each suit and move cards to gain access to the lower numbers.

Move cards to the foundations as soon as possible. Try to increase the foundations evenly so you have cards to use in the columns.

Win the game when you have 4 foundations with cards in ascending order from Ace to King in each suit.