How To Remove Password From Excel

Whether you’re working with Excel for personal use or in a business environment, there are times when password-protected worksheets or workbooks can become a hindrance. Perhaps you’ve forgotten the password, or you’ve received a locked Excel file from a colleague who’s left the team. In these scenarios, you may want to remove the password from the Excel file. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of doing just that!

Removing a Password from an Excel Worksheet

First off, let’s discuss how to remove a password from a specific Excel worksheet. Please make sure you are the owner of the file or have been granted the necessary permissions to perform these actions.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Excel file with the protected sheet.
  2. Click on the protected worksheet. You will be prompted to enter the password.
  3. Enter the password and the worksheet will be unlocked.
  4. Then go to the Review tab in the Excel ribbon.
  5. Click on the option ‘Unprotect Sheet’ under the ‘Changes’ group.
  6. If asked, enter the password again.
  7. Click on ‘Ok’.

You have successfully removed the password from your Excel worksheet!

Removing a Password from an Excel Workbook

If you want to remove a password from an entire Excel workbook, the process is similar but with a few differences. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the Excel file.
  2. If prompted, enter the password to open the workbook.
  3. Click on the ‘File’ tab.
  4. Go to ‘Protect Workbook’ under the ‘Info’ option.
  5. Select ‘Encrypt with Password’.
  6. The password will be highlighted. Delete it and click ‘Ok’.

Congratulations! You have removed the password from your Excel workbook.


As you can see, removing a password from an Excel file is actually quite easy once you know how to do it. Always remember to store your files securely, and when using passwords, ensure they are strong and kept in a safe place.

Stay tuned for more helpful tips and tricks on using Excel and other Office programs!