In windows word for windows xp service pack 2 mine starts with track changes on. This is very annoying can some one share with me on how to keep this from happening

You've probably got a corrupted file.

Close down all instances of Word (and any other programs which use Word plugins, such as Internet Explorer and Outlook). Then use 'Search' on the Start menu to locate the file

Rename it to normal.old then start up Word. A new file will be created, with default settings.

commented: perfect instructions +1

Hey thanks Catweazle that worked perfectly