How to Use HEX to Recover an Excel Password

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With Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, you can set three types of passwords that depend on whether you want to open, modify or protect the document. Passwords can be an effective security measure until you forget the password yourself, leaving you locked out of your Excel documents. If you've lost any of your Excel passwords, it is possible to recover them using programs designed to work with the HEX editor already in Excel that allow you to "crack open" workbooks and spreadsheets and retrieve Excel passwords with brute force and/or dictionary attack methods.

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    Download and install Excel Password Recovery Master (see "Resources"). This program searches for the decryption key on your Excel document on its own server, but performs the operation in your computer. It is noted for having a simple interface that beginners find easy to navigate in order to recover their password.

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    Download and install Excel Password (see "Resources"). According to Software Informer, this program allows you to retrieve an Excel password with a 100% guaranteed success rate. By using a "Smart Force Attack," which is a combination of the "Brute Force" and "Dictionary" methods, Excel Password can recover any password within a minute. It is also known for its intuitive interface.

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    Download and install Excel Recover File Password Software (see "Resources"). This program requires that you have Microsoft Excel 2000 or higher. You can choose whether the program uses a "Brute Force" or "Dictionary" recovery method. The program features a simple interface ideal for beginners.

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