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How to Retrieve Your Forgotten Excel Password

In Microsoft Excel, you can use password to help prevent other people from unauthorized accessing workbooks. However, what do you do if you don't remember your password? Here this guide will show you how to retrieve your forgotten Excel workbook's password using a professional third-party utility. iSumsoft Excel Password Refixer is such excellent Excel password recovery software. It can quickly recover lost Excel password with powerful brute force attacks. It dose well in retrieving passwords for Excel workbooks as well as spreadsheets.

How to retrieve your forgotten Excel XLSX password

To recover Excel password using iSumsoft Excel Password Refixer, here's how:

Step 1: Download Excel Password Refixer and install the setup package of Excel Password Refixer software.

Step 2: Launch this program and then click Open button to import encrypted Excel file.

Add the encrypted Excel file

Select your password-protected Excel file (*.xls, *.xlsx), and then click Open button.

Select and import password-protected Excel file

Step 3: Select one attack type.

It's recommended to try the Dictionary attack method before proceeding to the Brute-force attack method. If you can recall part of the password, the Mask attack is the best choice.

Select dictionary attack method

Step 4: Click Start button to recover Excel password.

Start recovery

Step 5: Wait a few minutes, the password will be displayed in a popup windows.

Open Excel XLSX file

Step 6: Click Open button to open locked Excel workbook, and then enter the password you've retrieved when it asks.

Enter password to unlock Excel file


If your Excel workbook is .xls file, you can use iSumsoft Excel Password Remover to instantly remove password protection from Excel file. Learn more see how to remove password from a Excel XLS file.