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How to unprotect all protected sheets without password in a workbook?

Normally, you may set password for the worksheets to prevent other users from making changes to your sheets. It is easy for you to remove protection if you know the password of the protected sheet. But, if you forget the password, how could you do? Please don’t worry, this article will talk about some easy tricks for solving this puzzle in Excel.

Unprotect all protected sheets without password by using Google Sheets

Unprotect all protected sheets without password by using Copy and paste command


Unprotect all protected sheets without password by using Google Sheets

To unprotect all protected sheets, you can import the Excel file to Google Sheets, and then save the Google sheets as Excel file again. Please do with the following steps:

1. Open a new spreadsheet in Google Sheets, then, click File > Import, see screenshot:

2. In the popped-out Import file dialog, under the Upload tab, drag the workbook contains protected sheets into the box, or click Select a file from your device button to upload the Excel file here, see screenshot:

3. After importing the Excel file, click Import data button, see screenshot:

4. And now, you will see all sheets in the Excel file are displayed in the Google Sheets.

5. And then, go to the File tab, and click Download > Microsoft Excel (.xlsx), see screenshot:

6. After downloading the file, open the workbook, and all the protected sheets are unprotected. Now, you can edit the data as you need.


Unprotect all protected sheets without password by using Copy and paste command

If you are not familiar with the Google Sheets, here, you can use the copy and paste command to copy and paste the data from the protected sheet to another new workbook.

1. Go to the protected sheet, and then input the cell range (A1:Z1000) of the sheet into the Name Box directly, and press Enter key, see screenshot:

2. After pressing Enter key, nothing happens apparently. Please don’t do anything, just press Ctrl + C to copy the specified range, then you can see the data in the range A1:Z1000 has been surrounded by the dotted line, see screenshot:

3. Then, just press Ctrl + V to paste it to another worksheet or workbook where you want to put the data of the protected sheet.

Note: If there are multiple protected sheet, you should repeat the above steps to copy the data from the protected sheets to new sheets one by one.

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