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Old 03-02-2016, 10:47 AM
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I produced a Word doc by running scanned pages through OCR software (ABBYY FineReader).

The resulting Word doc has text blocks that are too narrow. I mean, it looks like the margins are very wide. On some pages the text is a little more to the left, and on others, a little more to the right, but always too narrow.

No graphics or fancy formatting here, just simple pages from a text-only book.

I tried setting the margins to normal, and removing all indentations, and running inspect document, but to no avail.

I am viewing it in print layout. Web layout does work normally, but I need print layout.



I attached the doc, in case anyone wants to take a look.

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edit: I know that I could paste it into a new document and choose "keep text only", but then I will lose some important formatting.
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Old 03-02-2016, 11:33 AM
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Try saving as a .txt document and then opening in Word.
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I need to preserve some formatting.
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the workaround that I found is when originally scanning the book pages, not to crop the scan area, but to scan the full area, and simply block the facing page with a blank piece of paper. It is actually quicker than cropping, and the resulting Word doc can be given normal margins.
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You could simply change the page setup & margins after scanning. Cropping during scanning is often useful to exclude extraneous content.
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Your document has numerous unneeded section breaks (not unusual for OCR product). Try, in a copy of your document, replacing all of the section breaks (^b) with nothing. Then adjust the margins and get rid of the 2" gutter. Replace = Ctrl+H

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Your document has numerous unneeded section breaks (not unusual for OCR product). Try, in a copy of your document, replacing all of the section breaks (^b) with nothing. Then adjust the margins and get rid of the 2" gutter. Replace = Ctrl+H

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after following your instructions I do see a lot of improvement.
but for some reason, I still have certain pages where the text is more to the left, and others with the text more to the right, even though I globally adjusted the margins and got rid of the big gutter.
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Try also eliminating Different Even and Odd from your headers and footers.

Finally, try copying all of the text except for the final paragraph mark into a new document.
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Try also eliminating Different Even and Odd from your headers and footers.

Finally, try copying all of the text except for the final paragraph mark into a new document.
yes! eliminating different even and odd did the trick.
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Glad to have helped. BTW, I still have no idea what was going on in your document. This is one of the reasons I avoid converted documents (and OCR is definitely a conversion).
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