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Remove password from an Excel Document

Is there any way to recover a lost password for xlsx files? Legal solutions only please. I created the file months ago when things were crazy and I cannot remember the password.

If anyone could help, I would greatly appreciate it.

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From my experience: No, not for xlsx. For xls I think there were some options but not since the 'x' was added –  Brad Sep 10 '12 at 17:56

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this will do sheet recovery:


and this will remove protection:


but if you need it on opening, then you may have to purchase something. This version claims to give you the first 3 characters as it's demo:


This may be enough to remind you what the password is

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Not clear why you posted the first two links as they don't address the question. –  brettdj Sep 11 '12 at 0:33
@brettdj, there are many places a password can be set. I gave answers for the most common places –  Sean Cheshire Sep 11 '12 at 2:01
Yes but the question is reasonably clear that the password applies to the file. Not sheet protection, or VBA modules within the file ... granted there is a smidgeon of uncertainty –  brettdj Sep 11 '12 at 2:38
@brettdj - You're assuming that Ken knows the difference between a "file" password and a "sheet"/"workbook" password. I would ask the original poster for clarification as people often get these things confused. –  Stepan1010 Sep 11 '12 at 4:52
Thanks guys for the help and yes I do know the difference between a file password and a sheet password. I didn't really think there was any easy way to recover the password but I thought I'd ask anyway. I'll just have to recreate the file no biggie just a waste of time. –  Ken Sep 11 '12 at 12:23

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