[R] How to save and restore a workspace

Jim Lemon drjimlemon at gmail.com
Tue Oct 24 00:45:29 CEST 2017

Hi Jon,
Saving your workspace doesn't mean that everything will be rerun when
you start a new R session. I just means that persistent objects like
data frames will be there. If you type:


you will see all of those things that were there when you ended in the
last session. Things like commands will be in the "history", so you
can retrieve them just as you did at the end of the last session (up
arrow). It may be a better solution if you save sequences of commands
as R script files (e.g. "something.R") as you can run them:


and edit and save them again.


On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 9:12 AM,  <jonnvan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently downloaded R in hopes of learning to use it for statistics.
> I have promptly run into a problem, as I am unable to save, and later recover, a workspace so I can resume work where I left off.
> I am using Windows.
> I indicate "yes" to the pop up after q().  Then when I later reopen R Console and click on File, I cannot get my prior workspace to appear in the R Console frame so I can resume work.
> In the File drop down menu I have tried Load Workspace, Load History, Display file(s)..., opened R Type: R Workspace with no luck.
> I have read about this in two different books, the R Manual, and R FAQs, used the RGui help function, and still cannot do it.
> I have used Windows for years, but I am ignorant about programming.
> Would appreciate any help you might offer.
> I live in the Denver area, so if there are any local resources you could direct me to, I would be grateful for that as well.
> Thank you,
> Jon VanDeventer
> Sent from my iPad
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