[R] Setting Plot() Window Shape

Jim Lemon jim at bitwrit.com.au
Tue Apr 1 00:34:04 CEST 2014

On 04/01/2014 02:42 AM, Rich Shepard wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Mar 2014, Rich Shepard wrote:
>> I've read ?plot, ?plot.default, and ?plot.window to learn how to change
>> the shape of the plot from a square to a rectangle. plot.window suggests
>> that the aspect (asp) parameter is appropriate but that associates the x
>> axis size to the value of the y axis and, plot.window suggests that it is
>> better to make such adjustments with plot itself. My Web searches have
>> not
>> found examples of how to do this.
> Clarification:
> If I specify x11 <- (width = 6, height = 3) (as an example) then the
> display has that shape. However, when I want to redirect the output to a
> pdf
> file with the pdf() command, the resulting plot has reverted to a square
> rather than the specified width and height used to display it on the
> screen.
> What do I do to retain the specified width and height in the pdf output?
Hi Rich,
If you are starting a pdf device, you have to specify the width and 
height again - these don't carry over from the screen device.


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