Having your files password-protected could easily turn against you if you rely solely on your memory to keep a record of all your passphrases.

Still, if you have made that mistake and realize you are unable to access your Microsoft Excel files, a software solution such as Portable Excel Password could minimize the damage.

As its name lets see, this is the portable edition of Excel Password, which means you don’t have to bother with its installation. You simply need to double-click its executable, with the program prompting you with an approachable GUI.

Before anything else, you need to select the Excel file you want to regain access to, with the mention that both spreadsheets and templates are supported. XLS, XLSX, XLSM, XLT, and more are among the file formats the program can work with, as all MS Excel editions from 97 to 2003 and 2007 to 2016 can be handled by the app.

As for the approach the application takes to the recovery process, it is worth mentioning that there are multiple means you can turn to. Brute-force attacks, dictionary attacks, as well as mixed attacked can be used in a default or user-configured form.

You can thus unlock your Excel files provided that you turn to a predefined set of words stored in a dictionary, specify the password’s length and character types, or resort to a combination of the two.

Depending on the amount of info you have about the missing password, you can provide the app with various hints so that the unlocking operation takes place more efficiently.

On an ending note, Portable Excel Password is a comprehensive solution for users trying to unlock their Excel files. The program integrates a series of configurable attacks they can resort to in order to optimize the search and make it more on target.