Open the excel file which is password protected and goto Macro's (I am using Office 2007 so the menu's maybe different View >> Macros). Click on "Record Macro >> OK" and then click on "Stop Recording" from the same menu.

Now goto "View Macros", you will find a Macro with a default name E. g. Macro1 - Select the macro name and click on Edit. Now a Visual Basic Editor opens up. Re-place the default code and Paste the below code. Sub Macro1() ' ' Breaks worksheet and workbook structure passwords.

Jason S ' probably originator of base code algorithm modified for coverage of workbook structure / windows passwords and for multiple passwords ' Jason S http://jsbi. blogspot. com ' Reveals hashed passwords NOT original passwords Const DBLSPACE As String = vbNewLine ; vbNewLine Const AUTHORS As String = DBLSPACE ; vbNewLine ; "Adapted from Bob McCormick base code by" ; "Jason S http://jsbi. blogspot.

com" Const HEADER As String = "AllInternalPasswords User Message" Const VERSION As String = DBLSPACE ; "Version 1. 0 8 Sep 2008" Const REPBACK As String = DBLSPACE ; "Please report failure to [email protected] com " Const ALLCLEAR As String = DBLSPACE ; "The workbook should be cleared"Const MSGNOPWORDS1 As String = "There were no passwords on " ; AUTHORS ; VERSION Const MSGNOPWORDS2 As String = "There was no protection to " ; "workbook structure or windows. " ; DBLSPACE Const MSGTAKETIME As String = "After pressing OK button this " ; "will take some time. " ; DBLSPACE ; "Amount of time " ; "depends on how many different passwords, the " Const MSGPWORDFOUND1 As String = "You had a Worksheet " ; "Structure or Windows Password set. " ; DBLSPACE ; "The password found was: " ; DBLSPACE ; "$$" ; DBLSPACE ; "Note it down for potential future use in other workbooks by " ; "the same person who set this password.

& DBLSPACE & "Now to check and clear other passwords. " & AUTHORS & VERSION Const MSGPWORDFOUND2 As String = "You had a Worksheet " & "password set. " & DBLSPACE & "The password found was: " & DBLSPACE & "$$" & DBLSPACE & "Note it down for potential " & "future use in other workbooks by same person who " & "set this password. " & DBLSPACE & "Now to check and clear " & "other passwords.

" & AUTHORS & VERSION Const MSGONLYONE As String = "Only structure / windows " & "protected with the password that was just found. " & ALLCLEAR & AUTHORS & VERSION & REPBACKDim w1 As Worksheet, w2 As Worksheet Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer, l As Integer Dim m As Integer, n As Integer, i1 As Integer, i2 As Integer Dim i3 As Integer, i4 As Integer, i5 As Integer, i6 As Integer Dim PWord1 As String Dim ShTag As Boolean, WinTag As Boolean Application. ScreenUpdating = False With ActiveWorkbook WinTag = . ProtectStructure Or . ProtectWindows End With ShTag = False For Each w1 In Worksheets ShTag = ShTag Or w1.

ProtectContents Next w1 If Not ShTag And Not WinTag Then MsgBox MSGNOPWORDS1, vbInformation, HEADER Exit Sub End IfMsgBox MSGTAKETIME, vbInformation, HEADER If Not WinTag Then MsgBox MSGNOPWORDS2, vbInformation, HEADER Else On Error Resume Next Do 'dummy do loop 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 With ActiveWorkbook .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 . ProtectStructure = False And . ProtectWindows = False ThenPWord1 = Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n) MsgBox Application. Substitute(MSGPWORDFOUND1, "$$", PWord1), vbInformation, HEADER Exit Do 'Bypass all for.

.. nexts End If End With Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next Loop Until True On Error GoTo 0 End If If WinTag And Not ShTag Then MsgBox MSGONLYONE, vbInformation, HEADER Exit Sub End If On Error Resume Next For Each w1 In Worksheets 'Attempt clearance with PWord1 w1. Unprotect PWord1 Next w1 On Error GoTo 0 ShTag = FalseFor Each w1 In Worksheets 'Checks for all clear ShTag triggered to 1 if not. ShTag = ShTag Or w1.

ProtectContents Next w1 If ShTag Then For Each w1 In Worksheets With w1 If . ProtectContents Then On Error Resume Next Do 'Dummy do loop 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 .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 Not . ProtectContents Then PWord1 = Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n) MsgBox Application. Substitute(MSGPWORDFOUND2, "$$", PWord1), vbInformation, HEADER 'leverage finding Pword by trying on other sheets For Each w2 In Worksheets w2.

Unprotect PWord1 Next w2 Exit Do 'Bypass all for... nexts End If Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next Loop Until True On Error GoTo 0 End If End With Next w1 End If MsgBox ALLCLEAR & AUTHORS & VERSION & REPBACK, vbInformation,