Is a PDF Resume that Important When E-mailing?

Dear Experts, I read the responses to a previous T.A.P. question regarding the best resume format for e-mailing a resume. However, I still have a problem. My computer gives me a choice of WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, and WordPerfect 5.1. When I use Microsoft Word I get a little window showing conversion choices of PDF and XML. After finishing a resume, I send myself a copy to see what it will look like. None of them look like the original. What can I do? How do I get the best format for my resume without distorting its image? Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.