[Solved] Unable to open excel 2010 password protected file in 2007

If you are using MS Office 2010 and have a password protected excel file then you might face problem in opening this file in MS Office 2007. This situation may happen when you carry password protected 2010 excel file to friend’s PC that have Office 2007 is installed or you might downgraded from OFFICE 2010 to OFFICE 2007. No matter, what are the situation is but the problem is how to solve this issue and open password protected excel 2010 file in office 2007. Here, in this article, I will tell you about 100% working solution to fix this error.

Solution 1: Fix using Tool

Sometimes, wrong capitalization or small mistakes when setting up password may give you same problem so, if you have forgotten the password then you can recover your original password from this Excel Password Recovery software. Make sure, it is available for personal use only and cracking password without owner’s permission is illegal.

3 Steps to Recover MS Office Password

Step 1. Download MS Office Password Recovery [File Size: 2.1 MB]
Step 2. SCAN MS Words/Excel/Access File
Step 3. Get Original Password

Solution 2: Try Hotfix for Excel 2007

In order to fix several office issues including the above problem, Microsoft releases hotfix to resolve this problem. You can download the free hotfix from here:

See this Hotfix for Excel 2007


This hotfix fixes dozens of excel 2007 problems like UTF-8 Character issue, Excel 2007 Crash Issue, Category labels are not deleted as expected issue, Print Preview Problems etc.

Solution 3: Use Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack

It might be best solution for your problem. Microsoft File Converter Pack gives you option to save excel file in different MS Office version. Here, is the steps for do it.

Step 1: Install Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. It is free to download and free to use. You can download it from here:


Step 2: Right click on the file which you want to open and select Save as.

save as

Step 3: in save as type box; select the version and save the file.

save as

Step 4: Once saved, open the file with same password. Now you will be able to open the file without any problem.

Solution 4: Use Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack

Some users claimed that they fixed this problem by importing this file onto google drive and download it again in xlsx format. However, it has moderate result but who knows that it works for you.


There may be various reasons behind Unable to open excel 2010 password protected file in 2007 and some of them are human mistakes. When you forget capitalization usage and set password, it creates problem later. So, you must ensure that the password you are typing for MS Excel file is correct. Otherwise you can also use Excel Password Recovery Tool that effectively returns original password for your excel file.


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