Posted by: richlyn | June 24, 2015

Breaking an Excel Structure Lock.

I was harrowed working on an excel sheet with locked structure and tried many vba codes online to unlock the same.

None of those tried were giving the results desired until i cam across the below @ comtechsolution.

Sub Macro1()

Const DBLSPACE As String = vbNewLine & vbNewLine

Const AUTHORS As String = DBLSPACE & vbNewLine & “Adapted from Bob McCormick base code by” & “Prakhar http://http://comtechsolution.blogspot.com/”

Const HEADER As String = “AllInternalPasswords User Message”

Const VERSION As String = DBLSPACE & “Version 1.0 8 Mar 2013”

Const REPBACK As String = DBLSPACE & “Please report failure to prakharclall@gmail.com ”

Const ALLCLEAR As String = DBLSPACE & “The workbook should be cleared”

Const MSGNOPWORDS1 As String = “There were no passwords on ” & AUTHORS & VERSION

Const MSGNOPWORDS2 As String = “There was no protection to ” & “workbook structure or windows.” & DBLSPACE

Const MSGTAKETIME As String = “After pressing OK button this ” & “will take some time.” & DBLSPACE & “Amount of time ” & “depends on how many different passwords, the ”

Const MSGPWORDFOUND1 As String = “You had a Worksheet ” & “Structure or Windows Password set.” & DBLSPACE & “The password found was: ” & DBLSPACE & “$$” & DBLSPACE & “Note it down for potential future use in other workbooks by ” & “the same person who set this password.” & DBLSPACE & “Now to check and clear other passwords.” & AUTHORS & VERSION

Const MSGPWORDFOUND2 As String = “You had a Worksheet ” & “password set.” & DBLSPACE & “The password found was: ” & DBLSPACE & “$$” & DBLSPACE & “Note it down for potential ” & “future use in other workbooks by same person who ” & “set this password.” & DBLSPACE & “Now to check and clear ” & “other passwords.” & AUTHORS & VERSION

Const MSGONLYONE As String = “Only structure / windows ” & “protected with the password that was just found.” & ALLCLEAR & AUTHORS & VERSION & REPBACK

Dim w1 As Worksheet, w2 As Worksheet

Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer, l As Integer

Dim m As Integer, n As Integer, i1 As Integer, i2 As Integer

Dim i3 As Integer, i4 As Integer, i5 As Integer, i6 As Integer

Dim PWord1 As String

Dim ShTag As Boolean, WinTag As Boolean

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

With ActiveWorkbook

WinTag = .ProtectStructure Or .ProtectWindows

End With

ShTag = False

For Each w1 In Worksheets

ShTag = ShTag Or w1.ProtectContents

Next w1

If Not ShTag And Not WinTag Then

MsgBox MSGNOPWORDS1, vbInformation, HEADER

Exit Sub

End If

MsgBox MSGTAKETIME, vbInformation, HEADER

If Not WinTag Then

MsgBox MSGNOPWORDS2, vbInformation, HEADER

Else

On Error Resume Next

Do ‘dummy do loop

For i = 65 To 66: For j = 65 To 66: For k = 65 To 66

For l = 65 To 66: For m = 65 To 66: For i1 = 65 To 66

For i2 = 65 To 66: For i3 = 65 To 66: For i4 = 65 To 66

For i5 = 65 To 66: For i6 = 65 To 66: For n = 32 To 126

With ActiveWorkbook

.Unprotect Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)

If .ProtectStructure = False And .ProtectWindows = False Then

PWord1 = Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)

MsgBox Application.Substitute(MSGPWORDFOUND1, “$$”, PWord1), vbInformation, HEADER

Exit Do ‘Bypass all for…nexts

End If

End With

Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next

Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next

Loop Until True

On Error GoTo 0

End If

If WinTag And Not ShTag Then

MsgBox MSGONLYONE, vbInformation, HEADER

Exit Sub

End If

On Error Resume Next

For Each w1 In Worksheets

‘Attempt clearance with PWord1

w1.Unprotect PWord1

Next w1

On Error GoTo 0

ShTag = False

For Each w1 In Worksheets

‘Checks for all clear ShTag triggered to 1 if not.

ShTag = ShTag Or w1.ProtectContents

Next w1

If ShTag Then

For Each w1 In Worksheets

With w1

If .ProtectContents Then

On Error Resume Next

Do ‘Dummy do loop

For i = 65 To 66: For j = 65 To 66: For k = 65 To 66

For l = 65 To 66: For m = 65 To 66: For i1 = 65 To 66

For i2 = 65 To 66: For i3 = 65 To 66: For i4 = 65 To 66

For i5 = 65 To 66: For i6 = 65 To 66: For n = 32 To 126

.Unprotect Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)

If Not .ProtectContents Then

PWord1 = Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)

MsgBox Application.Substitute(MSGPWORDFOUND2, “$$”, PWord1), vbInformation, HEADER

‘leverage finding Pword by trying on other sheets

For Each w2 In Worksheets

w2.Unprotect PWord1

Next w2

Exit Do ‘Bypass all for…nexts

End If

Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next

Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next

Loop Until True

On Error GoTo 0

End If

End With

Next w1

End If

MsgBox ALLCLEAR & AUTHORS & VERSION & REPBACK, vbInformation, HEADER

End Sub

It took a long time but got the lock broken!!


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