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In Excel, you can password protect Excel workbook to prevent users to changing the structure of the Excel workbook. Excel workbook protection prevent users from viewing hidden worksheets, adding, deleting, moving, hide/unhide worksheets.

Imaging one day you forgot your Excel Workbook Password and you have no way to remember. In this video I will show you how to break the Excel Workbook Password Protection without using 3rd party software or VBA.

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45 Replies to “How to break Excel Workbook Password Protection without software | MS Excel Tutorial”

  1. When I open the .zip file, I get the following files:

    [6] DataSpaces


    Encryption Info

    I didn't get any xml files. I use Excel 2010, and my file is saved as .xlsx. Please help!

  2. Hi, I forgot my password of an excel file and tried to unlock by using your method. But when I open the zip file, it looks different from your video. My file shows 'EncryptedPackage'. I have no idea how to open this. Can you help? Thanks.

  3. Beautiful, it worked like a charm. My scenario was a protected worksheet , not the workbook, and I followed JJ's steps, and bingo!!!! All the options when you right click on the sheet tab of the protected worksheet were all available. But worksheet is still password protected…
    But I could copy it and paste it on a new sheet and dumped the protected sheet and worked fine. Thank you

  4. amazing just make sure when you delete it in the notepad that you do the entire thing sheet protection scenarios, objects, sheet, spincount, saltvalue, hashvalus and algorithmname

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