How to Remove an XLS Password

By Anthony Smith

Microsoft Excel has proven to be very popular with users because of its many features. One of the features of this spreadsheet software is the ability to require passwords when viewing or editing an xls file. Users may need this process when it comes time to change or remove passwords from an Excel workbook.

Step 1

Open Excel and then open the workbook you wish to modify.

Step 2

Select "Tools", and from the drop-down menu, click "General Options".

Step 3

Double-click on the asterisks in both "In the Password to open" or "Password to modify" boxes.

Step 4

Press "Delete", and select "OK". Click "Save" and then "Yes", and you are finished removing the password.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only make changes to the password settings in workbooks where you have permission to do so.