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fama123
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i am stuck with excel file forgotten password.What should i do?

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Here is the only way .. and it works :), I forgot it several times :)

https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/1430-excel-recover-password.html

Hope this helps!

A password protected excel file can sometimes be recovered using specific tools such as HashCat or John the Ripper. These are quite technical password "cracking" programs.

 

Older versions of office (prior to office 2010) had quite weak password hashing algorithms but the newer versions are much harder to recover. Tools such as those mentioned above can attempt to guess the password very quickly using long lists of possible passwords.

 

If the file does not contain confidential information you could try an online password retrieval site that uses the same techniques as the aforementioned tools.

 

it may useful for one sheet but not for the file.

its not working

@fama123 

Hi 

To open a password protected Excel file, there is a simple method that works in 90% of cases.

  • Create a Gmail account.
  • Log into your Gmail account
  • Click on Documents
  • Click on Upload
  • Google Docs automatically allows you to make changes
  • Save the File with a different name
  • Download the new File as an Excel File
  • It is saved as an .xls file (version 1997 – 2003)
  • We can now resave the file in an xlsx format (2007 – 2013)

It should open (in most cases) in Excel

Hope that helps

Nabil Mourad

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