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Saturday, January 28, 2017

How to Remove Protected Excel Sheet Password

Follow these Steps Carefully.

Note: Applicable to any version of MS Office. What I am using in this demonstration is MS Office 2010.

1. Open the Password Protected Excel Sheet.
2. Press Alt+F11. A MS Visual Basic Interface will popup.
3. Do as what the image shows 

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4. Paste this code:
Code:
Sub PasswordBreaker()
    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
and will look like this
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5. Close the MS Visual Basic Interface and return to the protected excel sheet.

6. Go to view>macros (it may differ with other version of MS Office).Follow the steps in the image as shown.

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7. Then a window will popup and will look like this.

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8. After running the code please wait until it finishes its routine. It may take a minute or two depending on the speed of your system.

9. If you see the messagebox as shown below then you're successful.

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10. Then "Save As" it in a different filename.


I hope you'll find this tutorial helpful.

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