[R] Default Working directory on windows 7?

Michael Sumner mdsumner at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 10:46:12 CET 2011

Change the "Start in:" property on the shortcut you used to start R
with. Right-click on the R icon and click Properties (you may need to
right click once, then again if you are using the "pinned" start menu
icon in Windows 7). Then when you start R again with that shortcut it
will use the directory you choose.

I'm not sure if you can control this during the install, but mine is
set to use the "Documents" folder in my user account.

Cheers, Mike.

On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 8:35 PM, W Eryk Wolski <wewolski at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Just installed R on a new Windows 7 machine (as admin).
> I feel quite uncomfortable knowing that the default WD when starting R is:
>> getwd()
> [1] "C:/Windows/system32"
> I guess I did something wrong when installing R... How to change R's
> default working directory?
> regards
> Eryk
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Michael Sumner
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Hobart, Australia
e-mail: mdsumner at gmail.com

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