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Free Way: How to Open Password Protected MS Excel 2007 or Earlier

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How to open password protected MS Excel 2007 or older versions if you forgot or lost the opening password? Here is the best free method to teach you how to unlock password protected Excel 2007.

How to Open Password Protected MS Excel 2007 or Earlier

Please make a backup of the password-protected Excel document. Press Ctrl + C to make a new copy for the protected Excel document. Right-click on the password-protected Excel file and choose the Rename menu. Change the file extension name from .csv or .xls or .xlsx to .zip extension.

Then, unzip the document from the zip file and find the file that ends with the .xml format. Double click on the XML file and open it with the XML editor. Select the Enter key and click on the Yes button to proceed. And you can extract the ZIP files with archiving software like WinZip or 7ZIP tool or ZIP.

Double click on the folder named as xl.

Open the spreadsheet file with Notepad. Press Ctrl + F to find the word SheetProtection and look for the line that starts with "

Delete the word and save the file. Change the .zip file to .csv or .xls or .xlsx format and press the Enter key.

Press Ctrl + S to save the Excel file and then you can open protected MS Excel 2007 without password.