I am looking at a lot of patents, and am copying and pasting text from their 2-column format with Acrobat Pro XI (Lenovo E530 laptop running Win 7), and noticed errors with the text flow in the text files I created. Specifically, I discovered that sometimes when I copied a chunk of text from the left column, I would get bits of the left and right columns interspersed, e.g. lines 1-25 copied from col 1, then 1-45 from col 2, then 25-60 from col 1, etc.
Here are a couple images to show what gets selected when I select only from the left column when it works correctly (text highlighted only in the left column, as desired):
and incorrectly (text highlighted in both columns):
The resulting pasted text is a mess per above, making further work with the text pretty much useless. Some pages/documents have this issue, and some don't, so I suspect it may originate in the creation of the document.
I have found that saving the doc as a plain text file gets rid of many but not all of the text flow errors. I'm wondering if anybody has encountered this issue, and/or has any suggestions for resolving this issue.
Many thanks for your input in advance!