Technical Issues

Cheat Console doesn’t open


I try to open the cheat console but nothing happens

I try to open the cheat console but the game only takes a screenshot

The cheat console opens in fullscreen and windowed fullscreen mode but not in windowed mode.

Things to try

Make sure you use the correct key combination (CTL-SHIFT-C). Mac uses the same combination.

Make sure that no screenshot or other program is running in the back that uses the same key combination like Gyazo. Especially HP computers tend to have pre-installed software that conflict with the cheat shortcut. Make sure to disable those background programs.

If you have an AMD Card, check on the settings to check if something else is assigned to the short-cut

Make sure that the game has the focus, especially when playing in windowed mode.

Try CTL-Shift--C instead.

When in build/buy mode, make sure the focus isn’t on the search field.

Set all settings back to the original status. To do so follow these steps.

  • Close the game
  • Move the following file to the desktop: Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Options(.ini).
  • Start the game
  • The file is newly created
  • This also makes the graphics setting reset so you need to re-adjust them.
  • If it works afterwards, you can delete the Options(.ini) from your desktop.