If you’ve set password to encrypt your Access database, sometimes for some reason you may want to change or reset the password. Now I will elaborate on how to reset Microsoft Access database password by the following four steps.

Step 1: Prepare current Access database password

To reset Access database password to a new one, you need to know the current password. If you’ve forgotten or lost the current password, now follow the steps below to retrieve it.

1. Get Access Password Refixer software or Office Password Refixer software installed on your computer. Then launch it.

2. Import the database file path into the software by clicking Open button.

import Access database file path

3. Select one password attack type by clicking Brute-force drop-down button.

select attack type

4. Start password recovery process by clicking on Start.

5. Once the current password is recovered and show up. Note it down.

recover Access database password

Step 2: Open Access database in Exclusive mode

Microsoft rules that you need to open Access database in Exclusive mode before you can set, unset or reset database password.

1. Open Microsoft Access app.

2. If in Access 2016, click on Open Other Files, and then select Open tab and click Browse. If in Access 2010, just select File tab and then click Open.

Open file

3. In the Open dialog, select the target Access database file for which you want to reset password. Then click the drop-down arrow next to the Open button and select Open Exclusive.

open Access database in Exclusive mode

4. Enter your current database password and click OK. Then the database file will open in Exclusive mode.

Enter current database password

Step 3: Unset current Access database password

1. Click File -> Info tab. Then click Decrypt Database button.

Click on Decrypt Database

2. In the pop-up Unset Database Password dialog, type your current password and click OK. This will unset the current password for the Access database.

unset Access database password

Step 4: Reset Access database password

1. Click File -> Info tab. Then click Encrypt Database button.

click on Encrypt with Password

2. In the pop-up Set Database Password dialog, type a new password and type it again to verify, and then click OK. Then you’ve reset a new password for your Access database. Next time you will need to use the new password to open the Access database.

reset a new database password