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We need to unprotect workbook at the beginning of the procedure to do any changes to the workbook. If you forgot the password, you cannot unprotect the workbook.

VBA UnProtect Method Excel Workbook Object

Why we need to Unprotect a Workbook using VBA?

Unprotect method of workbook object has no effect if the workbook is not protected. It removes protection from a workbook.

VBA Unprotect Workbook – Syntax

Here is the syntax to Unprotect workbook using VBA.

Workbooks(“Your Workbook Name”).Unprotect(

[Password], [Structure], [Windows])

Password: Its Optional argument. It specifies a case sensitive password for the workbook. When you want to unprotect your protected workbook you must specify your password.
Structure: Its Optional parameter. The default value is False. If we mention it as True that means protect the workbook structure.
Windows: Its Optional parameter. The default value is False. If we mention it as True that means protect the workbook windows.
In the above syntax we are using ‘Unprotect’ method of workbook object to unprotect the workbook.

VBA Unprotect Workbook: Example 1

Please find the below example, It will show you how to Unprotect the workbook.

Sub Unprotect_Sheet()
    ActiveWorkbook.Unprotect "YourPassword", True, True
End Sub

In the above example we are unprotecting the workbook by using ‘Unprotect’ method of Workbook object in the active workbook. When working with workbook code has password Unprotected, if you want to do any changes in the code first you have to Unprotect the password at the beginning of the procedure and

VBA Unprotect Workbook – Instructions

Please follow the below step by step instructions to execute the above mentioned VBA macros or codes:

  1. Open an Excel Workbook
  2. Press Alt+F11 to Open VBA Editor
  3. Insert a Module from Insert Menu
  4. Copy the above code for activating a range and Paste in the code window(VBA Editor)
  5. Save the file as macro enabled workbook
  6. Press ‘F5’ to run it or Keep Pressing ‘F8’ to debug the code line by line.
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