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    Help Please - Forgot Excel Password

    I have an Excel file which I created 2 years ago for today, protected with the password. But I no longer remember the password. Can anyone recommend a reliable tool to retrieve my password or part of it?

    Sound a bit stupid asking for it now.

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    Original Poster

    tedster209;7835798

    http://www.straxx.com/excel/password.htmlorhttp://download.cnet.com/Office-Password-Unlocker/3000-18501_4-10964602.html



    I know they are first ones from google search, but are these reliable?

    I use a program called "Excel Key 6.5" not sure what the current version is but it works well for me!

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    Comedy thread really. An excel password is utterly pointless anyway. I've never met a human being who has used the feature.

    vibeone;7835954

    Comedy thread really. An excel password is utterly pointless anyway. … Comedy thread really. An excel password is utterly pointless anyway. I've never met a human being who has used the feature.



    You've never worked in a large company, that uses shared drives?

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    Mijooly;7835977

    You've never worked in a large company, that uses shared drives?



    Yes actually - and we didn't use excel passwords, we used proper security. That was indeed the point I was making.

    Password recovery toolkit will crack it in a few seconds

    all these password crack work? WTF man, is there even a point of having a password?

    and yes, VB1 is right excel password is useless, and if your IT department cannot work out how to stop people from access the folder the workbook is in, then they are getting paid WAAAAY too much

    Mijooly;7835977

    You've never worked in a large company, that uses shared drives?



    +1 :thumbsup:

    I use it at work as an anti-muppet feature to protect formula cells on my audit spreadsheet! Too easy for a numpty to wipe them out.

    vibeone;7835982

    Yes actually - and we didn't use excel passwords, we used proper … Yes actually - and we didn't use excel passwords, we used proper security. That was indeed the point I was making.



    It's impossible to use "proper security" if the people who cause the damage are actually the same people who have to use the spreadsheet! :whistling:

    I think the point is not about passwords being used to prevent access (as you said proper security on the network/domain should prevent the wrong people from accessing the file), the issue is more about the prevention of idiots who do have access but frankly don't have a clue, wiping out an important formula within the spreadsheet itself i.e. a password being used to lock important cells :thumbsup:





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    Download OpenOffice and try to open the document in there. Or try and upload the document to Google Docs see if that works.

    Original Poster

    gal2792t;7835923

    I use a program called "Excel Key 6.5" not sure what the current version … I use a program called "Excel Key 6.5" not sure what the current version is but it works well for me!



    So will this recover the password? :oops:


    vibeone;7835954

    Comedy thread really. An excel password is utterly pointless anyway. … Comedy thread really. An excel password is utterly pointless anyway. I've never met a human being who has used the feature.



    And how does your response help vibeone? :thumbsup:


    spic;7836064

    Password recovery toolkit will crack it in a few seconds



    I will try this one. I assume I just search in google for Password recovery toolkit?


    razta;7837803

    Download OpenOffice and try to open the document in there. Or try and … Download OpenOffice and try to open the document in there. Or try and upload the document to Google Docs see if that works.



    I will try if the above dont work. Thanks.


    All useful response, please have some rep for your help.

    KOGONAI;7838680

    So will this recover the password? :oops:



    Yeap! You have numerous options too; brut force attack, dictionary, specific password length etc.

    The length it takes to crack the password depends on the password itself and the method/attack used i.e. if it's a random generated IT password (at least 1 capital letter, 1 number and at least 8 characters long), it cracks it in minutes.

    Likewise if you use the dictionary attack on a personal password i.e. no capital or numbers.

    It's a good package especially if you know who put the password on :thumbsup:



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    Original Poster

    gal2792t;7839615

    Yeap! You have numerous options too; brut force attack, dictionary, … Yeap! You have numerous options too; brut force attack, dictionary, specific password length etc.The length it takes to crack the password depends on the password itself and the method/attack used i.e. if it's a random generated IT password (at least 1 capital letter, 1 number and at least 8 characters long), it cracks it in minutes.Likewise if you use the dictionary attack on a personal password i.e. no capital or numbers.It's a good package especially if you know who put the password on :thumbsup:.





    It opens the first 2 rows of the file, but does not give me the password. How can I get it? :cry:

    Original Poster

    As the tool shows the first 2 rows of the file, I assume the tool has been able to get in, but this is what I see:

    This is a demo version. Please consider purchasing the fully functional version to recover your password.
    Failed to recover the password. Please try changing attack settings. :cry:
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