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Password to Workbook in MS Excel

How to Protect Excel Sheet with Password

Now suppose if we do not want anyone to change in the structure of our workbook, we can use protect workbook option from our REVIEW tab.

When we will use that option we are first ask to put a password and then re enter that password for confirmation.

Now by doing this no one can even add or shift our workbook from one sheet to another.

To remove this option we can go back to our REVIEW tab and select unprotect workbook option.


There are three ways to encrypt a workbook:

  • Encrypting the entire workbook:
  • Encrypting only specific sheets within the workbook:
  • Encrypting individual cells within a sheet.

There are many techniques that can be used to prevent others from accessing a workbook. Some of the most common techniques include:

  • Password protecting the workbook
  • Creating a read-only workbook
  • Protecting specific sheets in the workbook
  • Protecting specific cells in the workbook

Excel is a powerful software for data analysis. It can be used for various purposes, from calculating the cost of your lunch to analyzing the sales of your company. However, Excel files are not always protected and sometimes we need to open password-protected workbooks.

Password prompts appear when opening workbooks in Excel because they are most likely protected by a password. To open the file, you will need to enter the password that was set when it was first created.

  • The first step is to open the workbook. To do this, go to the "File" tab and select "Open." At this point, you will be prompted with a window that has a list of all the files on your computer. Select the file you want to open and click "Open."
  • Secondly, once you have opened the workbook, go to "Excel" in the top left corner of your screen and select "Properties." This will bring up a window that will show all of your properties for this particular workbook.
  • Thirdly, under the "Protection" tab, there should be a button labeled “Unprotect Sheet” or “Unprotect Workbook.” Clicking on this button will prompt another window that asks for your password . The password is the password that you set up when protecting the sheet or workbook.

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