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How to protect Excel file with password in C++

/* -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * Tutorial 27
 *
 * This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in C++ and
 * encrypt the Excel file by setting the password required for opening the file.
 * ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- */
Click here to see the Excel file

#include "stdafx.h"
#include "EasyXLS.h"
#include <conio.h>

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
{
    printf("Tutorial 27\n----------\n");

    HRESULT hr;

    // Initialize COM
    hr = CoInitialize(0);

    // Use the SUCCEEDED macro and get a pointer to the interface
    if (SUCCEEDED(hr))
    {
        // Create a pointer to the interface that exports Excel files
        EasyXLS::IExcelDocumentPtr workbook;
        hr = CoCreateInstance(__uuidof(EasyXLS::ExcelDocument),
                              NULL,
                              CLSCTX_ALL,
                              __uuidof(EasyXLS::IExcelDocument),
                              (void**) &workbook) ;

        if (SUCCEEDED(hr)){

            // Create two worksheets
            workbook->easy_addWorksheet_2("First tab");
            workbook->easy_addWorksheet_2("Second tab");

            // Set the password for protecting the Excel file when the file is open
            workbook->easy_getOptions()->setPasswordToOpen("password");

            // Export Excel file
            printf("Writing file C:\\Samples\\Tutorial27.xls.");
            workbook->easy_WriteXLSFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial27.xls");

            // Confirm export of Excel file
            _bstr_t sError = workbook->easy_getError();
            if (strcmp(sError, "") == 0){
                printf("\nFile successfully created. Press Enter to Exit...");
            }
            else{
                printf("\nError encountered: %s", (LPCSTR)sError);
            }

            // Dispose memory
            workbook->Dispose();
        }
        else{
            printf("Object is not available!");
        }
    }
    else{
        printf("COM can't be initialized!");
    }

    // Uninitialize COM
    CoUninitialize();

    _getch();
    return 0;
}

C++ and .NET Framework
This tutorial is valid for C++ applications that cannot use .NET Framework. It is recommended, for better performances, that if the C++ application already uses or can use .NET Framework to make use of this similar code sample.

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

.NET
Excel Library for C++
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for C++
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for C++

File formats:

MS Excel 97
MS Excel 2003
MS Excel 2007
MS Excel 2010
MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
MS Excel 2019
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