Top 4 Ultimate Wауѕ tо Рrоtесt Excel 2013 with Раѕѕwоrd

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If you use a computer, you probably have Microsoft Excel 2013 document on your Mac or PC that you wouldn't want other people to find and read. after all, Excel is used by both regular consumers, businesses, government institutions, and millions of other folks all over the world. Thankfully, it’s easy to protect workbook Excel 2013 document with a password. In this guide, we’ll show you how to password protect Excel 2013 instantly.

Way 1. Protect Excel 2013 Workbook with Open Password

Excel Document Open Password can protect an Excel workbook from opening. If an Excel workbook is protected by the Open Document password, anyone wishing to open the workbook must enter the correct password. To add an open password document to protect an Excel 2013/2016 workbook, follow these steps.

  • Step 1: Open the Excel workbook.
  • Step 2: Click File. Then select Info. Then click Protect Work Folder and select Encrypt with Password from the drop-down menu.
  • click encrypt with password
  • Step 3: Enter a password and click OK. Enter your password again and click OK to confirm.
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Way 2: Protect Excel 2013 Workbook with Structure Password

If an Excel workbook is protected by a structure password, anyone who wants to add, delete, rename, or hide a worksheet must first unblock the workbook with the structure password. Follow the steps below to add a structure password to protect the Excel 2013 workbook.

  • Step 1: Select the Assessment tab in the Excel workbook, and then click Protect Workbook.
  • click protect sheet
  • Step 2: In the Protect Structure and Windows dialog box, type a password and click OK. Enter the password again and click OK to confirm.
  • Step 1: Select the assessment tab in the Excel workbook, and then click Protect Workbook.
  • click on general options
  • Step 3: Press Ctrl + S to save the changes.

Way 3: Protect the 2013 Excel workbook with Modify password

a change password can prevent editing of an Excel workbook. If an Excel workbook is protected by changing the password, anyone wishing to open the workbook is prompted to enter the password. If he does not have the password, he can open the workbook as read-only and can not make any changes to the workbook. Follow the steps below to add a change password to protect the 2013 Excel workbook.

  • Step 1: Click Save As in the Excel workbook. Then, select a location where you save this workbook.
  • choose file location and name
  • Step 2: In the Save as dialog box, click Tools, and then select General Options.
  • click on general options
  • Step 3: In the General Options dialog box, enter a password in the Password to edit box and click OK. Enter the password again and click OK to confirm.
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  • Step 4: Finally, click Save to save the changes.
  • choose file location and name

Way 4: Protect Excel 2013 Edit spreadsheet with password

If a worksheet is protected, anyone who wants to edit cells in the spreadsheet must first unlock the Excel sheet with the password. If you want to add a password to protect the 2013/2016 Excel worksheet, follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Click Check in Excel Workbook -> Protection Sheet.
  • click protect sheet
  • Step 2: Enter a password for the spreadsheet and click OK. Enter the password again and click OK to confirm.
  • enter a sheet password
  • Step 3: Press Ctrl + S to save the changes.

The above are just four ways to protect Excel 2013 workbook with a password. Remember the password If unfortunately, you have lost or forgotten the password in the 2013 Excel workbook, Microsoft does not offer any function to restore the password, you must restore, work around or delete the word forgot password with other tips.

Bonus Tip: How to Unlock Excel Password When You Forgot It

We always set passwords to protect some important worksheets from being destroyed or modified by others. But if you forget your passwords, how could you do? Fortunately, PassFab for Excel can recover your lost worksheet protection password successfully.
Forgotten password for Excel or other important files? The PassFab for Excel unlocks a password-protected file when you have forgotten or lost the password. It supports Excel 2013 and all other Excel versions.

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Recover lost worksheet protection password in Excel? You can deal with this problem as this:

  • Step 1. Open the PassFab for Excel and see the main feature. Click add option to import your password-protected document.
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  • Step 2. When you add your locked file, you will see the general information of the file: protection, complexity and more. The next step is to select a type of password crack.
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    • Dictionary attack: Quickly find the password for a built-in or modified dictionary. The program always downloads the latest dictionary to increase the conversion rate. Click Settings to download the latest dictionary or add your own dictionary.
    • Brute Force with Mask attack: Here you can customize numbers, symbols, characters, etc. to stimulate the cracking of the password. Click Settings to implement the installation.
    • Brute Force attack: it's a way to try every possible combination. It takes longer.
  • Step 3. Once you have confirmed the type of attack, click "Start" to decrypt the password. The specific time depends on the length of the password, the complexity and the configuration of the computer. If your computer supports GPU, select the GPU acceleration option before clicking "Start."
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  • Step 4. Once the password is found, a dialog box appears with your password. You can, therefore, use the password to unlock your file.
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Conclusion

Password protect excel 2013 to prevent others from tampering with your data, but it’s best you never store really sensitive information in an Excel spreadsheet. Why? For the simple reason that Excel passwords can easily be cracked. This is because Excel uses a very weak form of encryption that can easily be broken use dictionary attacks and brute force attacks.

If you absolutely must use Excel to store sensitive information, then it’s always better to use the latest version of Excel, which is Excel 2013 or Excel 2010. The older the version of Excel, the easier it gets to crack the password. In versions below Excel 2010, it doesn’t even matter how complicated or long your password it, anything can be cracked.

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