[R] RGui maximized (followup)

Marc R. Feldesman feldesmanm at pdx.edu
Fri Jul 26 19:29:34 CEST 2002

Just a quick followup to the query I posted yesterday.  The default screen 
layout for the Windows version of R (1.5.1 currently) is MDI, which has the 
RGUI itself maximized over the entire screen, while the R console is in a 
smaller window inside the RGui.  I asked whether there was some way at 
startup to change the amount of screen real-estate occupied by the RGui 
itself since this can be changed during an R-session but didn't seem to 
persist between R sessions.  I first noted this problem on my WinXP systems 
and didn't seem to have this difficulty on my Windows 2000 systems.

This appears to be a "normal" behavior of R and the simple solution is to 
change from MDI to SDI, which does permit the resizing and persistence of 
the R Console.

Mark Bravington has sent me a "hack" (his term) for this problem, which 
allows a bit more control of the size of parent and child windows in the 
MDI versions of both SPlus and R.  I confess that I haven't tried them yet 
-- no time -- but I promised Mark that I will soon and report back to 
him.  If they solve the problem I would like to solve, Mark has proposed 
cleaning up the routines and posting them for others to use.

Thanks to Brian Ripley both for confirming the behavior I'm seeing and 
pointing out that use of SDI is one way to resolve the issue, and to Mark 
Bravington for offering a different solution to the bigger issue.

Dr. Marc R. Feldesman
Professor and Chairman
Anthropology Department - Portland State University
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