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I must have done something with my Excel file password

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Michael9009, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. Michael9009

    Michael9009 Thread Starter

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    I was trying to change the password required to open one of my MS Excel workbooks and I must have done something wrong. The file is still password-protected but neither of my passwords (old and new) work any longer. So, I cannot open the workbook.

    Is there a way of retrieving/resetting the password for an Excel workbook/file? I have also heard that there might be programs that could crack open the file by trying a large number of password combinations. Any help in this regard would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Michael
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Michael,
    Check the TSG Rules:
    "Other Illegal Activities - As you might expect, we don't want anything illegal going on here. Users cannot post hacks, cracks, pirated software, or anything of the like. Furthermore, we do not allow instructions on how to complete illegal activities, such as pirating. Please don't ask for advise on using illegal software, as it will be removed."

    Richard.
     
  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Breaking the password on an Excel spreadsheet is perfectly legal if the person doing it is the owner of the file, and there is legitimate software for doing it. We just can't help with passwords.
     
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    Yes, the actual rule is:
     
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