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Thanks for the help with Map and Pure Functions. Suppose I want mypackage.m to automatically load whenever I start the kernel or front end. Page 1016 of the mathematica book seems to imply that I just put the package into the AddOns/AutoLoad folder and it will happen. On my windows 95 pentium, it does not. I have tried both putting mypackage.m into the folder and making a mypackage folder with mypackage.m in it and putting that in the AddOns/Autoload folder, but neither loads the package. The paragraph in the mathematica book(page 1016) I don't understand is "by placing the directory for an add-on in AddOns/AutoLoad/, you can have Mathematica automatically load the add-on ....." I don't know how to put a directory in a folder. I can put files in a folder or other folders in a folder, so I am sure the reason for my failure is that I don't understand the directions. Also, Mathematica 3.0 has so many init.m files that I don't know which one is "THE" init.m that sets my $path and into which I can insert commands or manually load packages. 2.2 was much simpler-only one init.m. Can someone tell me which init.m file is the one that the kernel reads prior to startup and in which I can modify my $Path variable?