3x3 Cube Notations

Want to learn the correct notation for the 3x3 Rubik's Cube? Look no further than KewbzUK. 

In this guide we will look at the correct notations for the 3x3 Speed Cube.

Please Note: All images used in this guide are generic pictures of 3x3 Speed Cubes and may not be genuine Rubik's brand cubes. All images are for illustrational and educational purposes only

Check out our other articles for 5x5 Notation, 6x6 Notation and more.

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Official wca 3x3 cube notations

The WCA 3x3 notation is the official notation set out by the World Cubing Association and is the correct notation for all official WCA scrambles. 

In the images below the part of the puzzle that is greyed out is the part of the puzzle which does not move. The pieces in colour are the pieces that will move.


Single Layer Notations

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When You see an UPPERCASE "U" you should move the top layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

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When You see an UPPERCASE "D" you should move the bottom layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

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When You see an UPPERCASE "L" you should move the left hand layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "R" you should move the right hand layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "F" you should move the front layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "B" you should move the back layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.


Dual Layer Notations

An UPPERCASE "U" next to a lowercase "w" means to rotate both of the top layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "D" next to a lowercase "w" means to rotate both of the bottom layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "L" next to a lowercase "w" means to rotate both of the left hand layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "R" next to a lowercase "w" means to rotate both of the right hand layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "F" next to a lowercase "w" means to rotate both of the front layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "B" next to a lowercase "w" means to rotate both of the back layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.


Middle Slice Notations

When you see "E" you should move the center slice as shown above.

When you see "S" you should move the center slice as shown above.

When you see "M" you should move the center slice as shown above.

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