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Excel Guide

How to Unprotect an Excel Spreadsheet

If you have an important Excel spreadsheet that's protected with a password, you may be wondering how you can unprotect it. Maybe you forgot the password, or maybe you need to make some changes to the spreadsheet but can't because it's locked. Whatever the reason, there are a few ways you can unprotect an Excel spreadsheet.

Method 1: Unprotect Sheet with Password

If you know the password for the sheet, this is the easiest way to unprotect it. Simply open the sheet in Excel, enter the password, and then you'll be able to make any changes you want.

Method 2: Unprotect Sheet with Password Cracker

If you don't know the password for the sheet, you can try using a password cracker. There are a few different programs you can use, but we recommend Excel Password Cracker. This program will try to brute force the password for you, and it's usually pretty successful. Just be warned that it may take a while, depending on the complexity of the password.

Method 3: Unprotect Sheet without Password

If you don't know the password and don't want to try to crack it, there's still one other way you can unprotect the sheet. This method involves opening the Excel file in a hex editor and then making a few changes to the file. It's a little more complicated than the other methods, but if you follow the instructions carefully it's not too difficult. We've put together a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

Method 4: Use Google Sheets

If you're tired of dealing with password-protected Excel sheets, you can always switch to using Google Sheets. This is a free online alternative to Excel that doesn't require you to use passwords. It's not quite as feature-rich as Excel, but it's getting better all the time, and it's definitely worth considering if you're looking for a more user-friendly option.


There you have it! Four different ways you can unprotect an Excel spreadsheet. If you know the password, simply enter it, and you're good to go. If you don't know the password, you can try using a password cracker or the hex editor method. Or, if you're tired of password-protected sheets, you can switch to using Google Sheets. Whichever method you choose, we hope you found this guide helpful.