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Cannot Unlock Excel 2007 Spreadsheet with known password??!!

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Hi,

We have an issue with a user here that has many spreadsheets that are locked for editing by that user only.  All of a sudden today, he is unable to unlock the sheets.  We've tried the usual is cap locks on, blank password e.t.c. but nothing unlocks the sheets.  Also, he has the password documented in a password file so more than likely is entering correctly.

Is there a software program for Excel 2007 that helps retrieve or reset spreadsheets are password protected?  Maybe another method of retrieving or resetting the password on these sheets?  500 points for best answer as I need this sorted as high priority.  Thanks.
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Can you upload the file here so that I can take a shot at it?

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>>>We have an issue with a user here that has many spreadsheets that are locked for editing by that user only.  All of a sudden today, he is unable to unlock the sheets.

If you are not talking about the File Open password but the Sheet protection password then it will take me 5 mins max to extract the password.

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Sorry guys,

The files are confidential, would have liked to submit.
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Then you will have to buy a commercial software.

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I picked up Accent Excel Password Recovery, we'll see how that goes.
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Ok. Or if the Mods allow then you can mail the file to me. :)

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by:Rory Archibald
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If it's the password to modify sheets or protect the workbook structure, a simple Google search will find VBA that will do it in a minute or so. ;)
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Hmm. I developed one in vb.net few years ago :) Here is a screenshot.

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It's probably the status box that slows it down to 5 minutes. ;)
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Yes, you are right. :)

It slows down as it shows every password that it is testing. Was thinking more in terms of "Asthetic Sense" LOL

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Rory after struggling with it for an hours time, A new time record - 11 seconds (with the status bar) LOL

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Thanks Guys, Accent Excel password recovery worked anyway
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