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Remove password from an Excel Document

I have an Excel document that is password protected

Are there any freeware tools out there to crack the password to open a document? I've seen a lot of commercial tools available, but no freeware ones.

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marked as duplicate by Arjan, random Apr 23 '10 at 3:42

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

related, possible duplicate: – quack quixote Apr 22 '10 at 12:03
This has nothing to do with VBA. I only need to crack the password to open the file, not to edit the VBA code – SuperFurryToad Apr 22 '10 at 13:09
He does ask for a freeware version, the other doesn't. However, I fear the answer is going to be: there isn't any and then this question doesn't add anything new – Ivo Flipse Apr 22 '10 at 19:29
Maybe not now, but a solution may be found months later, like – hyperslug Apr 23 '10 at 0:52
@hyperslug - nothing prevents someone from posting a freeware solution in the other topic, though. – Gnoupi Apr 23 '10 at 8:32

Here are two places you can try to get the Macros to crack protected Excel workbooks:

How to remove, crack, or break a forgotten Excel xls password


I've had successes and failures with both. It's mostly just trial and error at this point.

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OpenOffice. It works for write-protection, at least (I last tried with version 2.4, and it may be a bug). Just turn off write protection, and it won't ask for a password.

If you want to crack read protection, then I don't know if it works. And if you want to read protect your documents, encrypt it instead of simply password protecting it with MS Office.

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I have used this for years and it's never let me down.(worrying really) :-)

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I wrote such a tool that brute-forced the password, against a file that I owned BTW. I'll be happy to share it, when I find the source. It worked for me :)

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