Since we are used to creating password protection on our office file, especially on Excel File; when you set a password on Excel workbook, Microsoft warns you to keep the password in safe place, because they can’t help you find the password if you forgot or lost it.
Don’t worry if you accidentally forgot protected Excel file password. This page will tell you how to open password protected Excel file in Windows 10/8/7 in an effective way without any damage.
Generally speaking, there are so many helpful Excel password recovery software on the Internet are available for us to open password protected excel file in just minutes with ease. But a part of Excel users don’t want to try any software to avoid file copy or data loss. Below is the guide for these users to free open password protected Excel files without software.
Step 1: Create a new folder and drag you password-protected excel file into the folder.
Step 2: Open the folder and go to organize, and then click folder and search options; tab View and scroll down to uncheck Hide extensions for known file types, to hit Apply.
Step 3: Now the Excel extension is .xlsx and changes it to .zip to click Yes when it asks if you want to change a file name extension.
Step 4: Open the zip file with an unzip program, click the .xl folder, next to click Worksheets, Sheet1.xml and open it with Notepad.
Step 5: Search Sheet protection password=”**” and delete the password in the quotes, to save the Notepad and click Yes. Change the extension from .zip to .xlsx and hit Yes.
Step 6: Open the Excel sheet and go to Review and click Unprotect Sheet, now you can edit your password protected sheet and unlock it to generate a new password.
To be honest, this way is much difficult for me to follow. Since I’m an idiot to follow this command prompt.
If you found above way is difficult for you to handle. The better option is to recover the protected Excel file password. So, is there a need to look for Excel password recovery software? With iSunshare, you can recover password protected Excel file password in just minutes, since it works at a superior speed. Before you proceed with the guide to open password protected Excel file, you have to download it at first.
Step 1: Download and install iSunshine Excel Password Genius on the computer that you want to open password protected excel file.
Note: Before downloading the full version, you can test its functions from free trial version below.
Step 2: Running this program on your pc, then you can click “Open” button to add the password protected Excel file.
Step 3: To choose password attack type and make detail settings. Now there are four choices to you. Like Brute-force, Mask, Dictionary ,and Smart. Generally, it is necessary to select one appropriate attack type to improve password recovery speed.
Step 4: Now you can click “Start” button to recovery protected excel file password. When the window pops up, you can copy and paste the password into the file that you need to open.
I hope that above details have given a clear idea about how to open password protected Excel file. If you find any technical and easy way to password protected Excel file open, you can leave a reply in the comment section.