Columns appearing from nowhere, formatting going weird

Jul 13, 2022
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I have a 9,000 page Word document I have created by scanning PDFs using OCR and for the most part I have been content to clean it up a bit by hand. The OCR didn't do a great job, but it was OK.

About 4,000 words in though and the and suddenly the text seems to be divided into columns. I can't see that there is any table screwing with the formatting (although occasionally throughout the document unnecessary tables have been created).

I have highlighted some of the text in the attached image.

Is there any easy fix for this? I can't cut and paste text without it getting worse, and even if I try to Paste it into the document without formatting it still seems to end up in columns.


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