How can I recover PowerPoint passwords within minutes?

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft PowerPoint presentations usually contain important, sometimes classified, documents. Hence, most people tend to password-protect such documents against unauthorized access.

However, what happens if you forgot your password (which is very common)? To ensure your files are not lost forever, this article will provide you with the necessary solutions, to recover PowerPoint password.

Password protection is the most conventional way of preventing unsolicited/unauthorized access to digital files, accounts, and so on. On average, a typical individual finds it very difficult to keep track of all his/her passwords, and in such cases, he/she becomes a victim of his own trap.

At times, forgetting a PowerPoint password could mean nothing. Most times, however, it could be very damaging, especially if such presentation contains important documents (for business or academic purpose). In this case, recovering the forgotten password becomes imperative, to enable you regain access to the PowerPoint document.

This post will show you how to recover PowerPoint password and regain control of your PowerPoint presentation(s).

How to recover PowerPoint passwords

The easiest and quickest way to recover PowerPoint password is with the use of a reliable password recovery software. A typical password recovery software uses some set of decryption algorithms, to decrypt password-protected PowerPoint file(s), thereby providing you with a free pass to access inherent document(s).

Some programs are able to recover forgotten passwords, while others simply reset the passwords to simple, less complex, ones. Either way, you are able to recover PowerPoint password and access your .ppt documents.

Notable recovery software that can be used to recover PowerPoint password include:

  1. Windows Key from Passware

recover powerpoint passwordWindows Key from Passware, also known as Passware Windowskey, is one of the most popular recovery programs used to recover PowerPoint password (and other system passwords) on Windows computers. It is compatible with all Windows OS between Windows 10 and Windows XP, as well as all Windows servers between 2013 to 2003.

The software works in tandem with a CD or Flash drive, to reset the security settings (including passwords) of a computer. With this, you can easily adopt the program to recover passworded PowerPoint documents.

Windows Key is optimized to perform virtually all security-related functions, including secure boots resetting, Admin password resetting, local policy resetting, designated password resetting and more. Essentially, it can be employed to swiftly recover any system password on your system, at 100% recovery rate.

Passware Windows Key is offered at a starting price of $39, and there are three major editions on offer: Basic, Standard Plus and Business. There is also a free trial version, as well as a 30-day refund policy on all purchases.

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How to Recover PowerPoint Password with Windows Key

Windows Key from Passware is quite easy to use, irrespective of the type (and complexity) of password you seek to recover; be it PowerPoint, system admin password or any other. To set-up this program, follow the simple guidelines below:

  • Purchase the program here and install it on your computer.
  • Ensure you have a Windows Setup disk (CD) or ISO image (to create a bootable password reset CD or Flash drive)
  • In case you have neither of the aforementioned hardware, you can request for an ISO image (for Windows Key) here.
  • Burn the downloaded ISO image on an empty CD or Flash drive.
  • Slot in the CD or Flash drive and allow it to take over the boot process of your system.
  • Follow the on-screen instruction to recover/reset the forgotten PowerPoint password(s) and other security settings on your system.
  • Recover password and retrieve your PowerPoint document(s).
  1. Smartkey Office Password Recovery

recover powerpoint passwordSmartkey Office Password Recovery is another industry-class recovery program, widely used to recover PowerPoint password and those of other MS Office documents. It is able to easily decrypt and recover any password-protected MS Office document within seconds (or minutes).

Smartkey Office Password Recovery is compatible with virtually all Windows versions, including Win10, Win8.1, Win8, Win7, WinVista, WinXP and Win2000, as well as Win Server 2012 and older versions.

The program is specially designed to recover PowerPoint password and other password-protected documents on Excel, Outlook, Word, Access and so on. Simply put, Smartkey Office Password Recovery supports all versions of Microsoft Office, from the old Office 97 to the latest Office 2019.

Smartkey Office Password Recovery uses three major recovery processes, termed “Password Crackers”, to retrieve password protected MS Office documents. These “Password Cracker” services include:

  • Dictionary Attack: For those with a password dictionary. It is the fastest password recovery process.
  • Brute Force: This automatically scans for all possible password combinations. This process often takes longer than others.
  • Brute Force with Mask Attack: This is an optimized brute force process that runs only customized characters. This process takes lesser time compared to the “brute force” process.

Smartkey Office Password Recovery is available at a starting price of $24.95, which is offered after the initial trial (free) period.

How to Recover PowerPoint Password with Smartkey Office Password Recovery

  • Download the password recovery program here.
  • Launch the program.
  • Import the password-protected PowerPoint document you want to recover.
  • Choose a password recovery option: Brute force, Brute force with mask attack or Dictionary attack.
  • If you have a password dictionary on your computer. select “Dictionary attack”; otherwise, select either of the two “brute force” options.
  • Recover PowerPoint password!
  • Once you’ve successfully recovered your PowerPoint password, you can then proceed and open your presentation.

Note: To ensure you don’t forget your password in the future, simply reset your password to a simpler combination or you can remove the password completely.


Password protection is obviously the most convenient form of securing documents, especially sensitive or classified documents like PowerPoint presentations. However, due to a host of factors, many people tend to easily forget their passwords, thereby restricting their access to such documents.

To recover and access restricted (passworded) document(s), the ultimate solution is to recover the protecting-password(s). And we have outlined (and described), in this article, two reliable recovery tools, any of which can be employed to recover forgotten password(s) and retrieve protected document(s).


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