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One of my business colleague forgot the password of Excel file-earlier protected[Excel 2003].
I tried so many tools to  recover the password but no success.!
Is there any way to unprotect the sheet or to reset/unlock the password of Excel file.?
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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 1500 total points
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Experts Exchange prefers that we do not post methods for unlocking worksheets and workbooks without the password, but, in the case of Excel, posting a link to another site that publicly displays the technique is acceptable. You will find complete instructions for unlocking a workbook or a worksheet without the password at http://www.zorvek.com/excel/unlocking-workbooks-and-sheets.htm.

A tool that does the above and handles workbook file passwords is Excel Password Recovery Master which is available at http://www.rixler.com/excel_password_recovery.htm. The demo version is free but is restricted to recovering passwords with a length of three characters or less. The cost of the registered version is $30. It requires Internet access to remove workbook file passwords. The $30 purchase price includes one workbook file password recovery. Additional workbook file password recoveries cost $10 each. The registered version recovers an unlimited number of workbook and worksheet passwords without additional cost.

Another tool that does the above is Excel Key which is available at http://www.lostpassword.com/excel.htm. The demo version is free but is restricted to recovering passwords with a length of two characters or less. the cost for the registered version is $45. It is capable of recovering workbook file passwords but uses a brute force method that can take some time and is not always successful on more difficult passwords.

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Thanks for the quick response...I am looking for the valid solution whether it is from Microsoft... or any other technique to retrieve the password. As we also have MS gold support...Because this is one of the confidential file which need to be unlocked.
We can also go for payment but here I am looking for justified /valid solution...Because on internet there are so many tools available. I also used so many tools or pst/pdf..But never tried for excel file!!

Thanks for the Above solutions!!
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There is no solution from Microsoft. They are not going to publicize a way to break the security of one of their products.

The solutions I provided above are the best I know of and work.

Kevin
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