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Excel Guide

How to Unprotect an Excel Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Unprotecting an Excel workbook can be done using different methods, including password protection or VBA code. Here's a step-by-step guide for both methods.

Method 1: Unprotecting with Password:

  1. Open the Workbook:
  2. Launch Excel and open the workbook that you want to unprotect.
  3. Navigate to the Review Tab:
  4. Click on the "Review" tab in the Excel ribbon.
  5. Select Protect Sheet:
  6. In the "Changes" group, locate and click on "Protect Sheet."
  7. Enter the Password:
  8. If the workbook is password-protected, you'll be prompted to enter the password. Input the correct password.
  9. Unprotect the Workbook:
  10. Once the password is entered, click "OK" or "Unprotect Sheet." If successful, the workbook is now unprotected.

Method 2: Using VBA Code:

  1. Open the Workbook:
  2. Open the workbook in Excel that you want to unprotect.
  3. Access VBA Editor:
  4. Press "ALT + F11" to open the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) editor.
  5. Insert a New Module:
  6. In the VBA editor, right-click on any item in the left pane (e.g., VBAProject (Your Workbook Name)) and select "Insert" -> "Module."
  7. Paste the VBA Code:
  8. Copy and paste the following VBA code into the right-hand pane:
  9. Sub UnprotectWorkbook()
    End Sub
  10. Run the Code:
  11. Close the VBA editor, and run the macro. To do this, press "ALT + F8," select "UnprotectWorkbook," and click "Run."
  12. Check Workbook Protection:
  13. Verify that the workbook protection is removed by trying to make changes or access protected sheets.


  • Password Protection:
  • If the workbook is password-protected, ensure you have the correct password. Without the correct password, you won't be able to unprotect the workbook using the password method.
  • VBA Macro Security:
  • Ensure that your Excel settings allow for the execution of macros. You may need to adjust the macro security settings in Excel.

Unprotecting an Excel workbook is a straightforward process, whether you use the built-in password protection feature or utilize VBA code. Choose the method that suits your situation and preferences.