However, all hope is not lost. There is a FREE Excel Password Remover for those who forgot their Excel password. Download this Excel Password Remover that removes/cracks sheet and workbook password protection in Excel.
Note: This program can’t remove Excel file protection, i.e. if you are unable to open the file, this program won’t help you.
This Excel add-in (password.xla) works fine in Excel 5.0 and above (including Excel 2000, XP and 2003).
This program will remove passwords of any length, also passwords containing special characters.
Instructions for Excel Password Recovery
1. Download the Excel Password Remover
2. Load this add-in in Excel which will give you two extra menu-items on the “Tools”-menu (or equivalent in non-English versions of Excel). These are:
a. Unprotect workbook
b. Unprotect sheet
To load this add-in in Excel: Open it the same way you do with Excel workbooks. Installing the add-in does not work for all users.