Top 5 Easy Ways to Crack Excel Password (2020 Updated)

When you find that you can't open an Excel document without entering a password, then you need to crack the password to open. When you can open the document, but you need a password to change the workbook or sheets in any way, then you will need the password to modify. This article will share with you various solutions to crack Excel password to open and modify.

Part 1. Crack Excel Password to Open

The following are just some of the ways to crack Excel password to open.

1.1 FoneGeek Excel Password Cracker

The best tool to help you crack "Password to Open" on any Excel document is FoneGeek Excel Password Cracker. This password cracker is an ideal solution to bypass Excel password to open/modify withou affecting the data on the document. Some of the features that make it the most reliable solution include the following:

  • It is very easy to use: you can recover password to open in just a few simple steps and remove Excel modification restrictions in just a single click.

  • 100% successful cracking rate: It utilizes the most advanced technology to ensure that the process of password cracking is 100% successful every time.

  • Fastest cracking speed: Multicore CPU and GPU technology increase the recovery speed so you don't have to wait hours or even days to get the password.

  • Supports all versions: Supports to crack Excel 2003/2010/2013/2016/2019 password.

Here's how to use FoneGeek Excel Password Cracker to crack Excel Password to Open:

Step 1: Download and install this software on your computer and then launch it. Click on Recover Passwords from the main window. Now click Add to import the protected document into the program.

select recover password mode

Step 2: Once the document is added into the program, select an attack mode you want to use to crack the password. Click Next to continue.

choose attack type

Step 3: The program will begin cracking the password as soon as you've selected the attack mode. Simply wait for the process to be completed and after a while you should see the cracked password displayed on the screen. You can use it to open the Excel document.

recover excel password

This program is downloaded for tens of thousands of users all over the world and approved by several famous media sites.

media sites

1.2 Free Online Excel Password Cracker

There are several online tools that may be able to crack Excel file password using the brute force method. While these tools can be effective, it is worth pointing out that the safety of the data on the document may be at risk if you use an online tool. This is because it is very easy for an online tool to retain the document long after you've cracked the password and you can't be certain to whom they will leak the information. You must also be connected to the internet to use these tools.

If you would still like to use one of these tools to crack the password, here's how to do it:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Click on "Unprotect Your File".

Step 3: Upload the protected Excel document and then wait while the tool unlocks the document.

password find

Part 2. How to Crack Excel Password to Modify

If on the other hand you want to crack Excel to modify, the following are just some of the most effective methods to use.

2.1 With ZIP Software

This is one the simplest ways to crack Excel password to modify and it can be used to remove password protection on any Excel document. Follow these simple steps use this method to crack a password to modify:

Step 1: Begin by installing archiving software like 7-Zip or WinRAR on to your computer.

Step 2: Right click on the protected Excel document and select "Open With" and the choose 7-Zip. You should see several folders of the component files that make up the document.

open xml with archive program

Step 3: Find the "xl" folder and right click on the "workbook.xml" file and select "Edit". This will open the document in notepad. If the protection is on the sheet level, click on the "sheet1.xml" file.

Step 4: Remove the tag <workbookProtection workbookPassword="93AF" lockStructure="1" lockWindows="1"/> and close the editor.

delete protection tag

Step 5: When prompted to replace the existing file click "Yes". Now open the Excel document and you should be able to edit the document easily.

2.2 With VBA Code

You may also be able to crack Excel password to modify using VBA code. But this method will not work with the latest version of Excel. If you are using a relatively older version of Excel and it only works to crack the password for single sheet.

Now follow these simple steps to use VBA to crack the password:

Step 1: Open the document and then press "ALT + F11" on your keyboard to open the Visual Basic for Application window.

Step 2: Click on Insert > Module and then enter the following code:

excel vba code

Sub PasswordRecovery()
Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer
Dim l As Integer, m As Integer, n As Integer
Dim i1 As Integer, i2 As Integer, i3 As Integer
Dim i4 As Integer, i5 As Integer, i6 As Integer
On Error Resume Next
For i = 65 To 66: For j = 65 To 66: For k = 65 To 66
For l = 65 To 66: For m = 65 To 66: For i1 = 65 To 66
For i2 = 65 To 66: For i3 = 65 To 66: For i4 = 65 To 66
For i5 = 65 To 66: For i6 = 65 To 66: For n = 32 To 126
ActiveSheet.Unprotect Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & _
Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & _
Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)
If ActiveSheet.ProtectContents = False Then
MsgBox "One usable password is " & Chr(i) & Chr(j) & _
Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & _
Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)
Exit Sub
End If
Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next
Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next
End Sub

Step 3: press "F5" on your keyboard to execute the code and when prompted, click "OK" to close the window. The password will be removed in a few minutes.

2.3 The Best Choice: FoneGeek Excel Password Cracker

In addition to cracking the opening password, FoneGeek Excel Password Recovery is also by far the best solution to crack the password for multiple Excel sheets. Here's how to use it:

Step 1: Open FoneGeek and then click on Remove Restrictions form the main window.

select remove restrictions mode

Step 2: Click on Add to import the protected document into the program. Once the program is added into the program, click on Remove.

add excel sheet

In a minute or so, all restrictions will be removed, allowing you to edit the Excel sheet any way you want.

remove restrictions

The next time you encounter a password protected Excel document, you can use one of the solutions above to crack Excel password, whether it is an open password or a modify password. Share your thoughts on this topic or any other in the comments section below.

Harley Terry
Thursday on Sep 24, 2020, 11:00:32 GMT / Post By Harley Terry to Excel Password Recovery

Since 2013, Harley Terry has over 7 year' experience in professional Office technology. He has already added more than 200 articles about password recovery for Excel/Word/PowerPoint.

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