Recover a lost password

Unfortunately, if you’ve misplaced or forgotten a password for an Office application, there is no way for Microsoft to recover it. Microsoft doesn’t store these passwords. There are some third-party solutions for cracking a password protected file, but these programs haven’t been approved or tested by Microsoft. If you choose to use one of these methods to recover a password, please be sure to back up your files first (and understand that you do so at your own risk).

Be sure to write your passwords down and keep them in a safe place (preferably away from the information you’re trying to protect).

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Applies to:
Office 2010