[R] get current window (device) size

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Feb 15 15:35:55 CET 2010

On Mon, 15 Feb 2010, Edmond.Ng at lshtm.ac.uk wrote:

> Dear R-listers,
> I am writing a function that will generate a simple plot for the 
> user . The size of the window (that contains the plot) may not be 
> what the user wants.
> Supposing the user adjusts the window to a size of her/his choice, I 
> would like to be able to save the new window size and specify the 
> plot to be of this new window size when the user calls my function 
> again. My question is what is the kind of 'get' or save graphic 
> parameter command that I need to extract the size of the current 
> window? I have looked at 'par' and 'getOption' but they don't seem 
> to what I need.

>From the help for par:

      ‘din’ _*R.O.*_; the device dimensions, ‘(width,height)’, in

seems to be exactly what you are asking for.

(I'd be cautious about saving this across sessions: users may well use 
R on different computers with a common file system.)

> Many thanks for any advice in advance.
> Best wishes,
> Edmond
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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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