[R] setting new working directories

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Thu Jan 4 19:30:10 CET 2007

If you are working on Windows XP then downlaod the batchfiles
distribution whose home page is at:


This will provide a bunch of batch files that are useful in connection
with using R.

At the Windows console this command shows you your path


so place Rgui.bat from the batchfiles distribution in any of
the folders listed in the path or in the folder you want to be
your working directory.  Then issue this command at the
Windows console:


That will start up R with the working directory set to the current

It also automatically finds which version of R you are using from the
registry so you don't have to do anything each time you install
a new version of R (unlike other methods).

On 1/4/07, Bill Shipley <bill.shipley at usherbrooke.ca> 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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