Configure a Word document into 3 Columns with very small margins

Hello,

I've got a large (3000+ pages) PDF file for which I would like to create a Table of Contents (TOC) containing hyperlinks to hundreds of numbered locations throughout the file. I have determined that with the existing abbreviation scheme, and by making the margins as small as possible, all of the hyperlinks will just barely fit onto a single page. The problem I'm having however is figuring out how to configure the page as I want it.

The attached file was created in Word 2013 and has the following appearance (Fig. 1):
Fig. 1The spacing for each block of numbers is determined by right-justified tabs which for the first row in each block are as shown in Fig. 2:
Fig. 2and for the remaining rows as shown in Fig. 3:
Fig. 3Note that in Figs. 2 & 3, the right-margin indicator is positioned at 2.75 on the ruler (but I'm not sure if that's where it should be).

My goal is to configure the columns & spacing, etc., in the document so that the blocks of numbers appear in three columns as shown here (Fig. 4):
Fig. 4(Fig. 4 was created in PowerPoint by pasting screenshots.)

Each time I try different methods (eg setting # of columns to 3) to obtain the desired outcome, I end up with strange configurations of the numbers so any assistance would be most appreciated.

By the way, in case it is helpful, Fig. 5 displays current page layout and margin settings:
Fig. 5Thanks
Steve_BradyAsked:
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
If your text barely fits on a  single page, there is a danger that it if anything in the environment changes, include font file versions and printer drivers, the page will overflow.

BTW you haven't attached a file.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Page Layout tab -> Page Setup -> Columns -> More Columns

You get the following panel:Column Spacing
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Sorry - I gave the example for 2 columns - just select 3 columns. If the blocks are not quite correct, use:  Page Layout tab -> Page Setup -> Breaks -> Column Break
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses.

>>If your text barely fits on a  single page, there is a danger that it if anything in the environment changes, include font file versions and printer drivers, the page will overflow.
I'm sorry I did not clarify this better but the document is intended to be a Table of Contents (TOC) for a large (3000+ page) PDF document. As such, once it (the TOC) has just the appearance I want, I plan to print it as a single-page PDF file.

At that point, I will attach it as the first (or last—either way works) page of the large PDF doc. Then it is just a matter of creating all the hyperlinks—which is a process I intend to automate with an AutoHotkey (AHK) script.

Therefore, although I very much appreciate your warning, I believe as only a single page in a larger PDF file, the TOC will no longer be at risk—at least as far as my understanding of PDF files goes. If that conclusion is incorrect, please explain.

By the way, your comment causes me to wonder if it's possible to create hyperlinks in a Word doc which link to specific locations in a PDF? I know you can link to the PDF file itself but to specific locations therein??

>>BTW you haven't attached a file.
Thanks for the heads up and sorry about the oversight. I attached it but I did not embed it.  :P Here it is attached this time:
BlockTest-EE-2013-10-14.docx
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Is this what you want? I selected the whole document, then: Home tab -> Paragraph dialog box -> Right indentation set to 0BlockTest-EE-2013-10-14.pdfNOW: Page Layout tab -> Page Setup -> Columns -> More Columns and set to 3 columns...
BlockTest-EE-2013-10-14.docx
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Paul,

The file you attached is exactly what I was after.

I did run into a problem with assigning styles however. I have posted that issue has a new thread which is located here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/Word/Q_28267579.html
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
I asked the following question in a previous post above:

>>By the way, your comment causes me to wonder if it's possible to create hyperlinks in a Word doc which link to specific locations in a PDF? I know you can link to the PDF file itself but to specific locations therein??
After the fact however, I recognized that this is actually a somewhat different question than was asked in this thread. Therefore, I will shortly post it as the question in a new thread so no need to respond here.

I will post the follow-up question link in a new comment below.
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
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