Office 365 doc password ?

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Can anyone help an old simpleton to recover my password for Excel docs ?

 

john@pinno.plus.com

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@s1mple 

 

not sure if this still works (last time I used it was 2013 or 2014ish):

 

Open the workbook with locked sheets.

Click on the sheet you want to unlock

Press ALT+F11 (this opens VBA)

Select the worksheet in VBAProject list on left side of window

Select INSERT menu on top

In the windows that opens paste the following:

 

Sub PasswordRecovery()
Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer
Dim l As Integer, m As Integer, n As Integer
Dim i1 As Integer, i2 As Integer, i3 As Integer
Dim i4 As Integer, i5 As Integer, i6 As Integer
On Error Resume Next
For i = 65 To 66: For j = 65 To 66: For k = 65 To 66
For l = 65 To 66: For m = 65 To 66: For i1 = 65 To 66
For i2 = 65 To 66: For i3 = 65 To 66: For i4 = 65 To 66
For i5 = 65 To 66: For i6 = 65 To 66: For n = 32 To 126
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & _
Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & _
Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)
If ActiveSheet.ProtectContents = False Then
MsgBox "One usable password is " & Chr(i) & Chr(j) & _
Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & _
Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)
Exit Sub
End If
Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next
Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next
End Sub

 

Now hit F5.

 

This will reveal a password that will unlock the sheet.

 

You have to do this for each sheet.

It does not show you the original password, instead it will return a password that will open the sheet.