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An employee that is no longer here has password protected an Excel 2010 spreadsheet.  What is the best way to get this file open?
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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What kind of protection? Workbook? Worksheet? VBA?

Kevin
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I believe it to be just a worksheet
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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.

Kevin
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We were able to get find the password!  Now can we set the spreedsheet to never be protected again or does that have to be done by GPO?
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You can't prevent someone from protecting a worksheet unless you lock the workbook structure.

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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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Actually, the user can still protect the worksheet if the workbook structure is protected.

So, it looks like you will have to resort to other means outside of the available Excel options.

Kevin
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