Solutions to Problems With 'The Sims 3' Cheat Code Window

Can't activate "The Sims 3" cheat codes? Here's what to do

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"The Sims 3" cheats or cheats for any of The Sims life simulation video games have become almost a requirement for any serious gamer. They let you play the game exactly how you want to play and with enough Simoleons to cover any expense. It's easy to enter a cheat; just pull up the cheat-entry box and type in the cheat code.

However, some people have encountered problems opening "The Sims 3" cheat-entry box when the Control+Shift+C keyboard shortcut doesn't work. Try one of the solutions presented here, and you'll be back to gaming before you know it.

How to Make Cheats Work in "The Sims 3"

There are plenty of fun cheats available for "The Sims 3," but you have to be able to open the cheat box at the top left of the screen to enter them. The standard method to toggle the cheat box open and closed is the keyboard shortcut Control+Shift+C on PCs and Command+Shift+C on Mac computers.

If you find yourself in a position when the standard method doesn't work, you can try alternative methods to open the cheat window.

First Things First

The first thing you should do save the game and restart your computer or at least shut down the game and start it back up again. It's quite possible that there's a temporary hiccup with your keyboard or a problem that can be resolved by flushing out the memory and starting over.

Alternate Methods to Open the Cheat Window

When the standard keyboard shortcut doesn't work, enter the keyboard shortcut Control+Windows+Shift+C. This keyboard combination requires you to press and hold each of the four keys simultaneously. Release them when the cheat window opens. To close the cheat window when you're finished with it, use the Esc key.

This slightly different shortcut works particularly well with HP computers. In most cases, you'll see the cheat box appear at the top of the screen. Type one of "The Sims 3" cheat codes in the box and click or press Enter.

Another keyboard shortcut you can try is Control+Shift+Control+Shift. That's both Shift and Control keys on each side of the keyboard. When are four keys all pressed down, release the keys on the right side only, keeping the left side Control and Shift keys held down, and then press C.

Mac users should replace any instance of Control with the Command key in these keyboard shortcuts.

Still Having Problems?

Make sure you don't have any custom cursor or mouse pointing software enabled because this could interfere with bringing up the console. If you do, terminate the program and see if the console will open. If it does, consider removing the software or at least not using it while you're playing "The Sims 3."

After you have the cheat console working, you'll want a list of "The Sims 3" cheats for the PC, or you can type help in the cheat-entry box to display a list of all the cheats available for use in the game right on your screen.