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Excel Form password protected

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)' started by d_mcgrail, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. d_mcgrail

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    Right some clever ex employee has put a password on an excel form only to leave the company and now we can't get into the spreadsheet. Anyway the ex employee hasnt left in the most favourable fashion and wont disclose the password so im stuck.

    I used to have an excel decrypter program for passwords but lost it a year or so ago on a usb key just wondering if someone can point me in the right direction for a decent free tool.

    Thanks,

    D
     
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  2. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    I'm sure google will turn up loads for you but just be wary - sometimes the "free" ones only show you one or two characters
     
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    yeah already tried that and found a load of rubbish ones that show you half the document and you have to pay to see the rest.
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    I think when I had to do this a few years back I did end up buying one - wasn't very much.

    had two excel files to crack - first one took 5 days continuous running. After seven days on the second one the company said to forget it as they could manage without - the first file was the more important.

    Of course I passed on costs of having to get software to crack it to the company (with a profit) but I retained the software :biggrin
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    It's not his spreadsheet to password protect; it's the company's spreadsheet. That sort of behavior landed a San Francisco admin in jail for the past year. I think a little persuasion might be in order. At a minimum, withhold his last paycheck.
     
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    See, in IT people tend to forget that there are easy solutions too... 8)
     
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    Zactly. 8)

    Congrats on 3,000, Jonny.
     
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    Thanks.
    That's an awful lot of gob****e, isn't it? :biggrin
     
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    From your reputation level, I'd say it's spot on. 8)
     
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