How to Remove Password from Excel | Password Remover Online

May 28, 2019 15:27. Posted by to Tutorials

Microsoft Excel is by far the most prolific spreadsheet program in the world, used by millions of businesses to hold valuable data. As such, password security is an integral part of the Excel ecosystem. But what happens when a password is forgotten? Can it be removed? Are there special tools or services that can do this? This article answers those questions.


First of all, we should know that there are essentially two types of password protection in Excel. The first is the Open password, which grants or restricts access to the whole file. The second type is the Permissions password, which restricts functions in worksheet like copying, editing, moving or deleting sheets, changing data inside cells and so on. A great tool for recovering or removing both types of passwords is a Windows desktop application called Excel Password Recovery.


The following methods apply to Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007 and Excel 2003.

How to Remove Password from Excel with Password Recovery Software

The Open password restricts Excel file access to authorized users only, but what if you lost the password for one of your Excel files? In this situation, Excel Password Recovery can be used to execute three very powerful types of password recovery attacks to retrieve the original password. These various modes of attack give the software a very high success rate in recovering your Excel Open password, and the tool itself is much faster than a lot of password cracking tools available on the market.


Excel Password Recovery offers hardware acceleration options so you can leverage the power of your CPU cores and your Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU. This speeds up the process even further, making this one of the quickest ways to recover a lost Excel password. The steps below show you how to use the software to remove password from Excel.


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Windows Version

Step 1:Installation and Add File

Download, install and launch the program on your Windows PC. In the main window, choose "Recover Open Password from Excel" option, then import the locked Excel file using the "Add File" button in the next window.


Excel Password Recovery

Step 2: Choose Password Recovery Attack

Select from three available attack types, as explained below:


Excel Password Recovery Import

Dictionary Attack : This method uses pre-compiled word lists that are either available with the software or customized and uploaded by you. The process is quite fast because the lists contain the most commonly used passwords. You can click on Settings to choose the word lists and set other parameters.


Brute Force with Mask Attack (Recommended) : This method requires that you remember some attributes or characters of the password, such as length, affixes, letters, number and characters that you know are part of the password. These characters will be masked, making the recovery process much faster. Click on "Settings" to define these parameters.


Excel Password Recovery Config


Brute Force: This method uses all possible combinations of characters, letters, and numbers to recovery the correct password. It takes longer than other methods, but you can accelerate the process by using your hardware resources, as explained in the next step.

Step 3: Recovering Password from Excel File

When you proceed to the next page, you will see options to choose GPU and CPU cores to make the process faster. The software supports both NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards, and if you have multiple cores then you can choose them on this page. Finally, click on "Start" to begin the recovery process. Depending on the complexity and length of the password, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.


Excel Password Recovery Success


Once recovered, your password will be displayed in a new software window. You can copy this and open your Excel file with it. Afer that, you can remove the password protection from that Excel.

How to Remove Permissions Password from Excel Worksheet

This process is almost instant because, instead of trying to recover the password, the software simply blanks it so you can gain permissions without knowing the password. The best part is that you can load multiple Excel files into the software and remove Permissions passwords in a batch instead of doing it one at a time. Here's how to do it:


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Windows Version


Step 1: On the main software window, select "Remove Workbook, Worksheet Password".


Step 2: In the next page, add all your Excel files for which the Permissions passwords need to be removed. Use the "Add File" button to load whatever files you need to.


Step 3: Specify the destination location for the output files and click on "Start" to instantly remove all Permissions passwords. This is the simplest and quickest way to unlock an Excel file for editing and other purposes.


Excel Password Recovery for Worksheet


Remove Password from Excel Online via is essentially a web-based service that allows you to upload your files to their servers and have the passwords removed. The service supports Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF and a few archive formats like WinRAR and 7-Zip. You simply drag and drop the file(s) on their web page and submit them to the site. The passwords are then cracked, and the unprotected files are made available to you for download.


Remove Excel Password Online


Although the process is very simple and their servers might be secure enough to protect your data, don't forget that they're being uploaded and downloaded via the Internet. Unless your connection is secure enough, it may pose a security risk for your data. If you have critically sensitive data such as financial information, we recommend not using an online service for password cracking. The better option is a standalone, downloadable software utility like Excel Password Recovery.


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