FreeCell is one of the most interesting and popular of all solitaire card games in that it is very skill-dependent. Almost all (99%) of FreeCell games can be won with perfect play.
FreeCell uses a single deck of 52 cards. All cards are dealt into 8 tableau piles (columns). Four Cells (in the top left corner of the table) and four foundation piles (top right hand corner) are placed above the tableau piles.
The object of the game is to build up all cards on the four foundation suits from Ace to King. Each foundation must contain the same suit. When all 52 cards are moved there (13 per foundation), you win the game.
Top cards of tableau piles and cards from Cells are available to play.
You can build tableau piles by moving cards there in order from highest (King) to lowest (Ace) alternating suit color.
Only one card at a time can be moved. However, as a shortcut, you may move more than one card (if in sequence), provided there are enough free cells (and/or empty columns) that would have allowed the same result with multiple moves. The mouse cursor will change to a hand over those cards that are valid to move. If you move more than one card at once, it is only counted as one move as far as the number of moves per deal is concerned.
The top card of any tableau pile can also be moved to any Cell. Each Cell (or Reserve space) may contain only one card.
Cards in the cells can be moved to the foundation piles or back to the tableau piles, if possible.
You may move any exposed card (or sequence of cards if enough free cells) to an empty column.
Checking the "Auto Play" check box (in Preferences) will cause the program to automatically play any cards that it can to the foundations.
Note: In Freecell Points, this option is not available but all cards will automatically be played to foundations when there is no
card in any column that is lower in rank than a card below it.
Clicking any exposed card at the bottom of column will move it to a foundation (if possible) else to a free cell, if there is one. Clicking a card on a free cell will move it to a foundation (if possible).
When dragging a card to another column, you can just drop the card anywhere on the column (not necessarily on the exposed card at the bottom).