Info: 3 Advanced Password Recovery Mode

First, you should understand the 3 password recovery modes, which are Dictionary Attack, Brute Force with Mask Attack and Brute Force Attack.

Dictionary Attack

When to Use: If you know what passwords you've ever used, and they may be your Excel file password, then please put them in a txt file and import it to our software, it will automatically find out the correct one. If you have no idea about such files, this program provides a latest password dictionary for you.

How It Works: When you choose this type, you are capable of downloading the latest password dictionary built from our software as long as you click on “Settings” option.

You can put all the possible passwords in a text document, insert the document into PassFab for Excel and then run this software, it will get your password back. Otherwise, it will recover password from built-in dictionary.

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Brute Force with Mask Attack

When to Use: If you know any clues about your password, such as length, characters, specify prefix or specify suffix, this is your better choice, then this mode is strongly recommended.

How It Works: Choose “Brute Force with Mask Attack” and hit on “Settings”. In the Settings panel, set up the best combination for your lost password. Single click on “OK” button and exit Settings. Click on “Recover” button to begin recovery.

For Example: Suppose your password is five-figure, includes “8”, “h” and “_” and the first character is “h”, then you are suggested to tick:

  • Minimal password length: 1
  • Maximal password length: 6
  • All lowercase letters (a-z): h
  • All numbers: 8
  • Special symbols ($@#): _
  • Specify prefix: h

After these settings, you are going to get password back smarter and quicker.

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Brute Force Attack

When to Use: If you really have no idea about your lost Excel file password, then this is the last but not least option.

How It Works: Click on “Brute Force Attack” in the main user interface and then hit “Recover” button to perform Excel password recovery.

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How to Recover Excel Open Password

Video Guide

Text Guide

How to Remove Excel Restriction Password

Text Guide

  • Open PassFab for Excel, click on "Remove Excel Restriction Password".

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  • Click on "Please import Excel file" or move your Excel file to the add box.

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  • Hit "Remove" to start removing the password.

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  • Wait for few seconds and your restriction password will be removed. Click on "Open Folder" option and you will see the new file named after the beginning of text. It’s the same file but have no restriction password anymore.

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