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Lost/forgotten file password in Excel 2010/Windows 7

Lost/forgotten file password in Excel 2010/Windows 7

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Old 26th November 2011, 20:26
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I've forgotten my password for a critical (to me) Excel file. I see that Petri has/had a software that could help, Excel Password Recovery, but I don't see that it will work for Windows 7 and MS Office2010. Anyone know if I can use that software to successfully get into my file? I'm using a PC. Thanks for any help/advice!
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If the software you're referring to is for forgotten passwords for OFfice, the software should work pretty much the same, regardless of version (although there were some major changes in the document formats between O2003 and O2007.)

Best bet it to just try it.

considering whether this belongs in the forgotten pwd forum or not..
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Post Re: Lost/forgotten file password in Excel 2010/Windows 7

Thanks for your reply/advice. I bought and installed the software, then attempted to open a password-protected MS Excel 2010 file. No luck.


This was my approach (maybe that's the problem!):
  1. I started the password recovery software.
  2. I started MS Excel 2010.
  3. I attempted to open the password-protected Excel file.
  4. I got the message box telling me to type in the file password.
  5. I hovered my cursor over the area that I would have typed my password into.
Nothing happened.

Any advice?
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i don't know how to use the application unfortunately.. the ones I've used before normally load the file in question then use bruteforce..
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Thanks, Tehcamel. I appreciate your follow-through.

Anyone else have ideas for me? Please refer to my posts dated Nov 26 and Nov 27.
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Default Re: Lost/forgotten file password in Excel 2010/Windows 7

There are lots of pieces of software available to do this. I've not had to use any, but Googling "recover excel 2010 file password" will give you some suggestions.

One question though - have you forgotten the password, or has it been changed? If the latter, restore a prior version of the file from your backups (you say it's a critical file, so it'll be backed up, right?). If you've forgotten the password, then I would suggest now would be the time to start documenting such information.
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There are lots of pieces of software available to do this. I've not had to use any, but Googling "recover excel 2010 file password" will give you some suggestions.

One question though - have you forgotten the password, or has it been changed? If the latter, restore a prior version of the file from your backups (you say it's a critical file, so it'll be backed up, right?). If you've forgotten the password, then I would suggest now would be the time to start documenting such information.
Thank you Garret for you ideas. I've forgotten the password and yes, the file is important. I do keep a secure file of such information. Unfortunately, and for some other unknown reason, my automatic backup didn't autormatically backup for several days. The file was created during the period that I had no backups. Geez, when it rains it pours, eh!?
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No problem, although I'm not sure where you got "Garret" from
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i think it's a typo of Gareth
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No problem, although I'm not sure where you got "Garret" from
My apologies, Gareth. I read "Gareth" and typed "Garret" by mistake. Have a great day!
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