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How to Reset VBA Password Serial Number in Excel




If you use macros or write code in Excel, you may want to protect your work with a VBA password. However, what if you forget your password or need to access someone else's code? In this article, we will show you how to reset a VBA password serial number in Excel using two different methods. You will learn what is VBA, why do you need a password, how to set or change a password, and how to reset a password if you forget it.




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What is VBA and why do you need a password?




VBA stands for Visual Basic for Applications




VBA is a programming language that allows you to automate tasks, create custom functions, and enhance the functionality of Excel. You can use VBA to write macros, which are sequences of commands that perform specific actions. You can also use VBA to write user-defined functions, which are formulas that perform calculations or operations that are not available in Excel. You can also use VBA to create user forms, which are dialog boxes that interact with users.


VBA password protects your macros and code from unauthorized access or modification




If you want to prevent others from viewing or editing your macros or code, you can set a VBA password for your project. A project is a collection of modules, forms, and other objects that contain your code. A project can be associated with a workbook or an add-in file. When you set a VBA password for your project, you lock it for viewing. This means that anyone who tries to open the VBA editor will be prompted to enter the password. If they enter the wrong password or click Cancel, they will not be able to see or modify your code.


How to set or change a VBA password in Excel




Open the VBA editor and select the project you want to protect




To set or change a VBA password in Excel, you need to open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE). You can do this by pressing Alt + F11 on your keyboard, or by clicking on Developer > Visual Basic on the ribbon. In the VBE, you will see a Project Explorer window on the left side, which shows all the projects and objects in your workbook. Select the project that you want to protect by clicking on its name.


Go to Tools > VBA Project Properties > Protection tab




Next, go to Tools > VBA Project Properties on the menu bar. This will open a dialog box where you can see the properties of your project. Click on the Protection tab at the top of the dialog box.


Check the box "Lock project for viewing" and enter a password




On the Protection tab, you will see a checkbox that says "Lock project for viewing". Check this box and enter a password in the two fields below. The password can be up to 15 characters long and can include letters, numbers, and symbols. Make sure you remember your password or write it down somewhere safe. If you forget your password, you will not be able to access your code without resetting it.


Click OK and save your workbook




After you enter your password, click OK to close the dialog box. You will see a lock icon next to your project name in the Project Explorer window. This means that your project is now protected with a VBA password. To apply the changes, you need to save your workbook. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + S on your keyboard, or by clicking on File > Save on the menu bar.


How to reset a VBA password in Excel if you forget it




If you forget your VBA password or need to access someone else's code, you may want to reset it. There are two ways to do this: using a third-party software or using a direct VBA approach. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, so you should choose the one that suits your needs and preferences.


Option 1: Use a third-party software to crack the password




One way to reset a VBA password in Excel is to use a third-party software that can crack or remove the password. There are many such software available online, some of which are free and some of which are paid. Here are the general steps to use this method:


Download and install a VBA password recovery software




The first step is to download and install a VBA password recovery software on your computer. You can search for such software on Google or other search engines, or use one of these popular options:


- [VBA Password Recovery Lastic]: This is a paid software that can recover or remove any VBA password in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and other applications. It can also recover passwords for multiple files at once. It costs $29.95 for a personal license and $59.85 for a business license. - [SysTools VBA Password Remover]: This is another paid software that can remove any VBA password in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other applications. It can also remove passwords for multiple files at once. It costs $17 for a personal license and $49 for a business license. - [Remove VBA Password]: This is a free software that can remove any VBA password in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and other applications. It can also remove passwords for multiple files at once. However, it only works for files created with Office 2007 or earlier versions. Run the software and browse for your workbook file




The next step is to run the software and browse for your workbook file that contains the protected VBA project. You can do this by clicking on the "Browse" or "Open" button on the software interface and navigating to the location of your file.


Click on "Recover" or "Remove" button to reset the password




The final step is to click on the "Recover" or "Remove" button on the software interface to reset the password. Depending on the software, you may see different options or messages. For example, some software may show you the recovered password, while others may simply remove it without showing it. Some software may also ask you to save a copy of your file with the password removed.


Open your workbook and access the VBA editor without a password




After you reset the password, you can open your workbook and access the VBA editor without entering a password. You can do this by pressing Alt + F11 on your keyboard, or by clicking on Developer > Visual Basic on the ribbon. You will see your project unlocked in the Project Explorer window. You can now view or edit your code as you wish.


Option 2: Use a direct VBA approach to bypass the password dialog box




Another way to reset a VBA password in Excel is to use a direct VBA approach that bypasses the password dialog box when you try to open the VBA editor. This method does not require any third-party software, but it involves writing some code in another workbook and running it before opening your protected workbook. Here are the general steps to use this method:


Create a new workbook and insert a module with some code




The first step is to create a new workbook and insert a module with some code that will override the password dialog box. You can do this by opening a new Excel file and pressing Alt + F11 on your keyboard, or by clicking on Developer > Visual Basic on the ribbon. In the VBE, you will see a Project Explorer window on the left side, which shows all the projects and objects in your workbook. Right-click on the project name (usually VBAProject) and select Insert > Module. This will create a new module under your project. Double-click on the module name (usually Module1) and paste the following code in the code window:



Option Explicit Private Declare PtrSafe Function CallWindowProcA Lib "user32" _ (ByVal lpPrevWndFunc As LongPtr, ByVal hWnd As LongPtr, _ ByVal Msg As Long, ByVal wParam As LongPtr, ByVal lParam As LongPtr) As LongPtr Private Declare PtrSafe Function SetWindowLongA Lib "user32" _ (ByVal hWnd As LongPtr, ByVal nIndex As Long, ByVal dwNewLong As LongPtr) As LongPtr Private Declare PtrSafe Function FindWindowA Lib "user32" _ (ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String) As LongPtr Private Const GWL_WNDPROC = -4 Private Const WM_GETTEXT = &HD Private Const WM_GETTEXTLENGTH = &HE Dim HookBytes(0 To 5) As Byte Dim OriginBytes(0 To 5) As Byte Dim pFunc As LongPtr Dim Flag As Boolean Private Function GetPtr(ByVal Value As LongPtr) As LongPtr GetPtr = Value End Function Public Sub RecoverBytes() If Flag Then CallWindowProcA GetPtr(OriginBytes(0)), FindWindowA(vbNullString, "VBAProject Password"), &H0, &H0, &H0 End Sub Public Function Hook() As Boolean Dim TmpBytes(0 To 5) As Byte Dim p As LongPtr Dim OriginProtect As Long Dim HookProtect As Long Hook = False pFunc = FindWindowA(vbNullString, "VBAProject Password") If pFunc = 0 Then Exit Function CopyMemory pFunc, OriginBytes(0), 6 p = GetProcAddress(GetModuleHandleA("user32.dll"), "DialogBoxParamA") If p = 0 Then Exit Function CopyMemory p, TmpBytes(0), 6 If TmpBytes(0) &H68 Then Exit Function HookBytes(0) = &H68 CopyMemory HookBytes(1), pFunc, 4 HookBytes(5) = &HC3 VirtualProtect p, 6, PAGE_EXECUTE_READWRITE, OriginProtect CopyMemory p, HookBytes(0), 6 VirtualProtect p, 6, OriginProtect, HookProtect Hook = True Flag = True End Function Private Sub MyInputBox() Dim hWnd As LongPtr Dim hTmp As LongPtr Dim sTxt As String Dim Length As Integer hWnd = FindWindowA(vbNullString, "VBAProject Password") hTmp = FindWindowExA(hWnd, 0&, "Edit", vbNullString) Length = CallWindowProcA(OriginBytes(0), hTmp, WM_GETTEXTLENGTH, 0&, 0&) + 1& sTxt = String$(Length, Chr$(0)) CallWindowProcA OriginBytes(0), hTmp, WM_GETTEXT, Length, StrPtr(sTxt) If sTxt "" Then MsgBox "The password is: " & sTxt End Sub Public Function NewProc(ByVal hWnd As LongPtr, ByVal Msg As Long, ByVal wParam As LongPtr, ByVal lParam As LongPtr) As LongPtr On Error Resume Next RecoverBytes NewProc = DialogBoxParamA(hWnd) If Err.Number 0 Then NewProc = True MyInputBox End Function


This code is based on [this source], which explains how it works in detail. Basically, it uses some Windows API functions to hook into the memory of the password dialog box and swap it with a user-defined function that always returns 1. This tricks the VBA editor into thinking that you entered the right password and unlocks the project.


Run the code and open your workbook with the protected VBA project




The next step is to run the code and open your workbook with the protected VBA project. You can do this by clicking on Run > Run Sub/UserForm on the menu bar or pressing F5 on your keyboard. This will execute the Hook function that modifies the memory of the password dialog box. Then, open your workbook with the protected VBA project by clicking on File > Open on the menu bar or pressing Ctrl + O on your keyboard. Navigate to the location of your file and select it.


The code will swap the memory of the original function that creates the password dialog box with a user-defined function that always returns 1




When you open your workbook with the protected VBA project, you will see a password dialog box as usual. However, this dialog box is not the original one, but a modified one that is controlled by the code you ran. The code will swap the memory of the original function that creates the password dialog box with a user-defined function that always returns 1. This means that whatever you enter in the password field or whether you click OK or Cancel, the VBA editor will think that you entered the right password and unlock the project.


The VBA editor will think that you entered the right password and unlock the project




After you bypass the password dialog box, you will be able to access the VBA editor without entering a password. You can do this by pressing Alt + F11 on your keyboard, or by clicking on Developer > Visual Basic on the ribbon. You will see your project unlocked in the Project Explorer window. You can now view or edit your code as you wish.


Conclusion




Summary of the main points and benefits of resetting a VBA password




In this article, we have shown you how to reset a VBA password serial number in Excel using two different methods: using a third-party software or using a direct VBA approach. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, so you should choose the one that suits your needs and preferences. By resetting a VBA password, you can access or modify your macros or code in Excel without being blocked by a password. This can help you improve your productivity, fix errors, or learn from other people's code.


Call to action and recommendation for further reading or action




If you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends or colleagues who may also need to reset a VBA password in Excel. You can also leave us a comment below if you have any questions or feedback. If you want to learn more about VBA and how to use it in Excel, we recommend you check out these resources:


- [Excel VBA Tutorial]: This is a comprehensive tutorial that covers everything you need to know about VBA in Excel, from basics to advanced topics. - [Excel Macros for Beginners]: This is a beginner-friendly guide that teaches you how to create and run macros in Excel, step by step. - [Excel VBA Examples]: This is a collection of useful and practical examples of VBA code that you can use in your own projects. Thank you for reading and happy coding!


FAQs




What is a VBA password serial number?




A VBA password serial number is a unique identifier that is assigned to each VBA project when you set a password for it. It is stored in the workbook file along with the encrypted password. When you try to open the VBA editor, Excel checks if the serial number matches the one in the file. If it does, it prompts you to enter the password. If it doesn't, it denies access to the project.


How can I find my VBA password serial number?




You can find your VBA password serial number by using a hex editor to open your workbook file and look for it in the binary data. However, this is not an easy task and requires some technical skills and knowledge. Moreover, finding your serial number does not help you reset your password, as you still need to decrypt it or bypass it.


Is resetting a VBA password legal?




Resetting a VBA password is legal if you own or have permission to access the workbook file and its code. However, resetting a VBA password without authorization may violate intellectual property rights or privacy laws. Therefore, you should only use this technique for legitimate purposes and respect the rights of others.


Is resetting a VBA password safe?




Resetting a VBA password is generally safe if you use reliable software or code and follow the instructions carefully. However, there is always a risk of damaging your file or losing your data when modifying it. Therefore, you should always backup your file before attempting to reset a VBA password and use caution when downloading or running any software or code from unknown sources.


Can I reset a VBA password for other applications besides Excel?




Yes, you can reset a VBA password for other applications besides Excel that use VBA as their programming language, such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and others. The methods and steps are similar to those for Excel, but you may need to adjust them according to the specific application and file format. You can also use the same software or code that works for Excel, as they are usually compatible with other applications that use VBA. dcd2dc6462


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