Do you have a workbook with sensitive information like a password or login that you need to share? If so, you might be wondering how to remove the password from the file without compromising its security. You can share the document while safeguarding its confidentiality by removing the password and sharing it with trusted users. The Excel file has several built-in security features that protect user data. A password is one of those mechanisms, which means users who try to open an Excel file with a password will get an error message saying they cannot open it unless they know the correct password. However, these security measures do not have to be a hindrance if you need to share your workbook with other people. Read on to learn how you can easily remove the password from an Excel file in 5 simple steps.
How To Remove A Password From An Excel File?
Step 1: Select the file you want to remove the password from
The first step is to select the file whose password you want to remove. You may want to select more than one file if you have a lot of sensitive information in your workbook. You can do this by clicking the file tab that appears at the bottom of the screen or by navigating to File > Open. When you have located the file(s) you wish to open, you can proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Click the File tab and select Options
In this step, you will navigate to the Excel Options dialog box and select Remove Password. To do this, click the File tab and select Options > General. Then, click the Remove Password button to delete the password from your workbook. This will allow you to share the file with any users without having to worry that they will see your sensitive information. Note that this will also remove any other types of passwords from the workbook, including user-level passwords, Trusted Locations, and Workbook-level passwords. Once you have clicked the button, you will be asked to confirm that you want to remove the password. Click OK to proceed with the process.
Step 3: Go to the Protection tab in the Excel Options dialog box
In this step, you will navigate to the Protection tab in the Excel Options dialog box. You will see that the Protect Sheet button is enabled. Click it to proceed with the process of removing the password from your workbook and sharing it with other people. When you have clicked the button, you will see that the Protect Workbook button is disabled. This will indicate that your workbook is unprotected, meaning that anyone can open your file and view its contents. You will also see that the Password Protection option is selected in the Protect Workbook drop-down menu.
Step 4: Select Don’t Require a Password and click OK
You will now be on the Password Protection tab. There, you will see the Don’t Require a Password option. Click it to remove the password from your workbook, allowing other people to download it without needing a password. Once you have clicked the Don’t Require a Password option, you will be asked to confirm that you want to remove the password from the workbook. Click OK to proceed with the process. This will allow users to open the Excel file without needing to enter a password.
Step 5: Find and delete the password in your Excel file
Once you have removed the password from your Excel workbook, you will have to find and delete it from the file itself. You can do so by opening the file in Excel and going to the Data Tab > Formula bar. When you have selected the Formula bar, you will see the formula bar, where you will be able to locate the password. Simply delete the formula to remove the password from your Excel file. Once you have done this, you can share your workbook with anyone, even if they do not have the password. They will be able to download your file without entering a password.
Why Do You Need A Password In Your Excel File?
- If you want to share your workbook with other people and they do not have the password, they will not be able to open it.
- If you are using a shared computer and someone else has access to it, they can download your workbook without having to enter a password.
- If you want to restrict access to certain people in your company, such as employees or clients, then you will need a password for them to open the file.
- You can also use passwords for storage purposes, such as keeping a document safe from prying eyes by only allowing those who know the password to open it.
- You can use passwords on multiple computers or devices if you want different people who do not know each other’s passwords to be able to access your files at different times of the day or week.
Best Excel Feature:
1. Hide your data and formulas
By using the Data tab > Format button, you can hide your data and formulas. This is a very useful feature if you want to hide sensitive information in your workbook. When you click on the Format button, you will see two buttons: Hide and Unhide. You should always use this feature with extreme caution as it can be very easy to make mistakes when hiding or unhiding data and formulas. If you do accidentally remove data or formulas from a workbook, then you can always restore them using the View tab > Select All option in Excel 2010 or Excel 2013.
2. Create a password-protected workbook
If you are looking for an additional way to secure your workbook, then try creating a password-protected workbook. To do so, go to File > New > Password Protected Workbook to create one for yourself or for your friend or client. Once it has been created, enter a password that is at least six characters long and that contains at least one letter and one number (for example secret123). You will now see the following message: “This document requires an administrator’s password”
3. Hide the data and formulas
If you want to hide the data and formulas in your workbook, then you should use a third-party tool for this, such as Excel Password Remover. This is a very useful tool that can help you hide your data and formulas from prying eyes. To do so, go to Tools > Options > Advanced Tab: Then check the following options: “Hide Data”, “Hide Formulas”, “Hide Tables” and “Hidden Objects”. As soon as these options are checked, they will be applied to your workbook. Now close Excel Password Remover if it is open.
4. Use a password-protected workbook on a shared computer
If you want to share your password-protected workbook with someone else, then you will need to give them the password for them to be able to open it on their computer. If they do not know the password, then they will not be able to open it without having access to their own computer or without knowing the other person’s password. To do so, go to File > Save As… > Create New Password Protected Workbook.
5. Use a password-protected workbook on your own computer
If you want to share your password-protected workbook with yourself, then you will need to enter the password for yourself in order for it to be able to open on your computer. You can do this by going to File > Open… and selecting the file that you want to open: Then go to the Tools tab and select “Set Password”: Once you have entered the password, click OK. Now go back and double click on the file that you have just saved and opened: You should now see a message that says “This document requires an administrator’s password”
As you can see from this article, removing the password from an Excel file is not a difficult process. You can remove a password from a workbook that has sensitive information in it by navigating to the Excel Options dialog box and clicking the Remove Password button. You can also navigate to the Excel Data tab to find and delete the password from your file.