[R] setting new working directories

Abhijit Dasgupta Abhijit.Dasgupta at mail.jci.tju.edu
Thu Jan 4 15:48:24 CET 2007

The basic command for this is setwd() (for "set working directory")

You can save your workspace after you use the setwd command, and this 
will create a .RData file in that directory. In windows you can click on 
the .RData directory to open R using that particular working directory. 
You can always check on the current working directory using getwd().

Another useful command in this context is save.image (see ?save.image 
for details)

Bill Shipley wrote:
> Hello, and Happy New Year.  My default working directory is getting very
> cluttered.  I know that I should be using a different working directory for
> each project (I work in Windows), but do not know how to go about creating
> different ones and moving back and forth between them.  I have read Venables
> & Ripley (Modern Applied Statistics with S-PLUS, 1994) but this seems out of
> date with respect to this topic and have searched through the documentation
> but cannot find a clear explanation for doing this.  Can someone point me to
> the proper documentation for creating and using different working
> directories from within Windows (please, no comments about switching to
> UNIX...).
> Thanks.
> Bill Shipley
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