Solutions to Problems With The Sims 3 Cheat Codes

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 gamer. They let you play the game exactly how you want.

However, some people have encountered problems enabling The Sims 3 cheats, particularly the Ctrl+Shift+C keyboard shortcut not working. Fortunately, the solutions on this page should get you right back to entering cheats.

How to Make Cheats Work for The Sims 3

The methods described below have been submitted by other Sims 3 players and been confirmed as working.

Depending on your system configuration, one may work for you while another doesn't, so be sure to try all of them if one doesn't happen to resolve the problem.

Note: Mac users should replace any instance of CTRL or Control with the Command key.

  1. The very first thing you should try before continuing is saving the game and restarting your computer, or at least shutting down the game and starting it back up. It's quite possible that there's a temporary hiccup with your keyboard or an issue with the game that can be resolved by flushing it out of memory and starting over.
  2. If you're still having trouble getting the console to appear in The Sims 3, make sure you're pressing the code correctly. If Ctrl+Shift+C doesn't turn on cheats, use Ctrl+Shift+Windows Key+C (this is often needed on HP laptops). Take note that this is the Control key, Shift key, and the letter C pressed simultaneously and just once (only held down for just a moment). You'll see the console box appear at the top of the screen (it has a light blue color to it). From there, type a The Sims 3 cheat code and press Enter.
  1. Something else you can try is pressing Ctrl+Shift+Ctrl+Shift (that's both Shift and Control keys, on both sides of the keyboard). Once it's all pressed down, release the right side, keeping the left Control and Shift keys down, and then press C.
  2. Still having issues? Make sure you don't have any custom cursor or mouse pointing software enabled since this could interfere with bringing up the console. If you do, first terminate the program and see if the console will open. If it does, then consider removing the software or at least not using it while you're playing The Sims 3.

    Tip: Once you have the cheat console working, be sure to head back to our list of The Sims 3 cheats for the PC to get all of the cheat codes for The Sims 3.

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