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Old 10-30-2016, 07:31 PM
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I'm getting pretty frustrated with this. I cannot figure out what is surrounding everything in this document I got from work. I need to be able to select entire tables and paragraphs, but I can't. Everything is in some sort of "object anchor". I tried hiding object anchors and it just hid the icon. I tried turning off outlines and they were already off.



I just can't figure out what the heck is surrounding all of this text. I tried putting the document in read only mode and it's still there. The only way I have got rid of it is by converting it to PDF, but that messes up the documents formatting pretty badly.

So I'm hoping someone can tell me what the heck this is and how to turn it off.


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This looks like document that has been converted from PDF using OCR software that formats the document using text boxes. Text boxes are essentially graphical elements.

Such documents are virtually impossible to process as normal documents in Word. You would have to copy the text content from each text box, delete the text box then paste the text back and reformat it to match the original layout. It will take forever.

You need either the original document of the original PDF, and in the case of the latter, some better OCR software that doesn't used text boxes to format e.g. FineReader.
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Ah, makes sense. Thats basically what I do is move this information from one program to another. And whatever they give me as a starting document is what I have. I was making do with the PDF conversion I made, just it threw some things out of alignment. So sounds like I'll just have to stick to using that. At least you verified it, I was getting ready to pull my hair out. I have put a lot of time into trying to figure out what those boxes were.

Thanks for the help!
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