[R] How to save and restore a workspace

PIKAL Petr petr.pikal at precheza.cz
Thu Oct 26 13:14:15 CEST 2017

Hi Don

This is matter of opinion

> By the way, this is much easier on Linux, and on Mac when working in a
> Terminal (command line) environment.

There is some basic menu items in RGui which is not in terminal. This could be quite confusing if you are used to have each project in separate directory and want to switch to it (I know about setwd command however in that case point and click is much more convenient).

But as I said, it is matter of opinion.

For Jon

I usually do not start R from its icon. I make a new folder for each project for which I want to use R and keep .RData and .Rhistory in it.

Try to set a new folder named e.g. "stat" somewhere.
Locate .RData and .Rhistory files and copy it to this folder.
Double click on .RData to start R (or select R as a program to open this file)
You can open .Rhistory in any suitable text editor (Notepad, Tinn, ...) to reuse commands in it.


After starting R, you can change working directory (setwd or through menu item). After this change, any saved object together with .RData or Rhistory will go into this directory. You could also set a shortcut icon to this directory on your desktop by copiing original icon, renaming it and manually changing desired directory.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: R-help [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of MacQueen,
> Don
> Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:05 PM
> To: Jim Lemon <drjimlemon at gmail.com>; jonnvan at gmail.com
> Cc: r-help mailing list <r-help at r-project.org>
> Subject: Re: [R] How to save and restore a workspace
> Saving your workspace means that the variables you currently have defined in
> your session [ everything that shows up when you type ls() ] are saved to a file,
> by default named “.RData”. To restore the workspace, you use the “Load
> Workspace” command and navigate to the (same) .RData file. Its default
> location for Windows, as far as I know, is your “Documents” folder. So look
> there.
> I see that you tried the Load Workspace command, and didn’t get what you
> were looking for. I just tested what I described above, and it did work. So either
> you didn’t navigate to and open .RData, or you have some other idea about
> what saving and loading a workspace means. Hopefully, it’s the former!
> With some effort, you can learn to save different .RData files for different
> projects; for that see the R Windows FAQ.
> -Don
> --
> Don MacQueen
> Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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> On 10/23/17, 3:45 PM, "R-help on behalf of Jim Lemon" <r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org on behalf of drjimlemon at gmail.com> wrote:
>     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:
>     objects()
>     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:
>     source("something.R")
>     and edit and save them again.
>     Jim
>     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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