Solutions to Problems With The Sims 3 Cheat Code Window

What to do when you can't activate The Sims 3 cheats on PC and Mac

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Enabling cheat codes for The Sims 3 is usually a breeze; just use the appropriate keyboard shortcut to bring up the cheat console and input your code. However, if the cheat code window isn't showing up on your Mac or PC, there are a few things you can try to get back in the game.

Instructions in this article apply to The Sims 3 for Mac and PC. The mobile and console versions of the games do not support cheat codes.

How to Make Cheats Work in The Sims 3

Like other titles in the franchise, The Sims 3 supports hundreds of cheat codes that players can enter via a hidden console. While playing the game, toggle the cheat window open and closed using the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • For Mac, press Command+Shift+C.
  • For Windows, press Ctrl+Shift+C.

If the methods above don't work, then your keyboard could have a temporary hiccup, or there may be some other problem that can be resolved by flushing out the memory and starting over. Save the game and restart your computer, then try again. If the cheat window still won't appear, there are alternatives to try.

Alternate Methods to Open the Sims 3 Cheat Window

On some Windows computers, use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Windows key+ C to open the cheat console. Press and hold each of the four keys simultaneously, then release them when the cheat window opens. 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. To close the cheat window after you're finished with it, press the Esc key.

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

Mac users should replace any instance of Ctrl 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 as it can 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.

Once you have the cheat console working, type help and press Enter to display a list of all the cheats available for the game.