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I used ABBYY to scan some documents into a Word 2007 document. After doing dome clean-up on the formatting, I started noticing strange text artifacts like this that appear throughout my document:

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I have no idea what it is or where it is coming from. It doesn't appear to be anything I can select and delete. It's as if it's part of the background itself as it remains in place no matter what I do to object above it. I can type over it, add some carriage returns above it, backspace over it, etc. No matter what I do, this artifact stays.

They're even present when I save my document as a PDF. Oddly, some have since disappeared, but a few remain. They're definitely within the document itself. Is my document haunted?

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    "Is my document haunted?" - Yes, but you'll have to wait for Ghostbusters III before the problem can be addressed. – Karan Jul 9 '13 at 22:52
  • @Karan, The storyline for Ghostbusters seems to have gone down hill, fast. – Adam Jul 10 '13 at 14:37
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Probably your document is corrupted in some way, shape or form. Try copying and pasting all of your content into a fresh document and see if the issue remains then.

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The artifact may be in an alternate data stream. This would be a form of corruption. If so, try the "Prepare Document for Sharing" command from the file options. This will remove unwanted data and, with any luck, may remove your problem.

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It may have been saved over the template that you used for this document during conversion. Perhaps create a new document - based on the usual Normal.doc/Normal.docx template - and paste the data (as plain text) into this document to see if the problem persists.

Further to this, open up a new text file - Notepad will be fine - and then copy the text from Word and paste into the new text file template. Next, copy from the text file and paste into a new Word document (again, based on the Normal.doc/Normal.docx template). What this does is ultimately "removes" all formatting (going into text format) and allows you to paste the "fresh"/unformatted text into a new Word document. This should eradicate any rogue elements of the document by effectively stripping it down to its bare bones form.

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