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Dear Expert,

I am trying to open one of my files that I protected around 2 years ago.When ever I open it It is asking for password.please share any trick to recover the forgotten password.

Looking for your kind help.

Thanks
Navin

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Hi Navin,

I have had success in the past with commercial password resetting software.  Of course, this is something you will have to purchase, but most such products provide a guarantee.  Here is a link to one of the more popular products that retails for $39:

http://www.lostpassword.com/excel.htm

There are a lot of products advertised to perform this function on the web, and I'm sure you can find something less expensive.

I have had instances where the recovery software only partially recovered the Excel file, but this was long ago and I suspect that the commercial products have improved significantly.

I do recommend that when you password-protect anything you write down the password in a secure place whose location you are sure to remember.

Good luck.

Damon

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Damon Ostrander

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I have extensive experience with VBA programming in Excel 5 through Excel 2013. As a former aerospace engineer with a large aerospace corporation and consultant in a small defense technology services company, I have developed a wide range of applications in VBA, including simulations involving mixed-language programming, satellite orbit mechanics, graphics and animation, and real-time applications. I am interested in moderate to hard VBA-related questions only.

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I have developed and taught several courses in Excel VBA programming and also VBA programming in Office 97, 2000, and 2007. I have developed a number of large technical applications in Excel VBA for use within the aerospace industry.

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B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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