How to Restore Password Protected Excel Files without any Software

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    August 18th, 2018
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    September 8, 2022
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Article Summary: Unlocking excel files which are password protected is always hard and a cumbersome process. And that is why I am penning down this article where I will tell you how you can easily restore password protected excel files without any software or tool.

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Protecting your files with a password is not a new thing.

Many of us do it to keep the data secured.

However, the problem arises when you keep a password but forget it later.

And if you can’t recall it there are great chances that you will lose your saved data.

And that’s what nobody wants.

So after a long list of emails that I have received from my subscribers, I finally thought f letting you know how you can easily recover or unlock excel sheet without a password.

Yes, you heard it right!

You don’t need a password to unlock password protected excel file online.

So let’s not waste time and dig in and how you can recover password protected excel files without any password

Method 01:

In the first method, we will try to recover or restore your excel files manually. Just follow the below guide to know more:

  • First, create a new folder and save your password protected excel file in that folder
  • Now go to Organize – Click Folder & search options
  • Under Tab view, scroll down to uncheck ‘Hide extensions’ for known file types and click on Apply
  • Now change the file extension from .xlsx to .zip by renaming it and click Yes
  • Now unzip it and extract the files
  • Navigate to location xl – worksheets– Sheet1.xml and open with a notepad
  • Now find and search for the tag “sheetProtection
  • Once you find it, delete the whole tag and save it
  • Now change the extension from .zip to .xlsx and save it
  • Now you can easily open and edit your excel file without any password

So this is how you can remove password from your encrypted excel sheet.

However, if this method doesn’t work then the only way through which you can restore password protected excel files is by using a good password recovery tool.

One of the most renowned tools in unlocking password protected excel file online is SysInfoTools VBA Password Recovery Tool.

This tool can easily recover lost or forgotten passwords from .doc, .xla, .xls and .xlsx file extensions. This software supports the recovery of all types of passwords is it multilingual, complex or even lengthy passwords. It’s available online for evaluation and supports Windows OS.
Note: It doesn’t run on MAC and Linux.

How To Use It?

To recover password protected excel files follow the below process:

  • Install and launch the software
  • Select the files which you want to unlock
  • Now click on ‘File Properties’ to check the file type and all of its properties
  • & finally, click on ‘Recover’ to recover the password of your excel file.

So here are the two techniques through which you can easily recover and restore excel files which are protected by a password.

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