[R] positioning of R windows

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Feb 28 07:51:43 CET 2013

On 27/02/2013 22:33, Glenn Stauffer wrote:
> I have 2 (related, I think) questions about positioning of windows within R.
> 1.       I often work with a second monitor and sometimes like to arrange 1
> or more plot windows on the second monitor, while keeping the console on the
> primary monitor (so I can see things better). I used to be able to do this
> (when using Windows XP), but it seems that now (using Windows 7) I can't
> even move the plot window outside of the parent R window. Is this a Windows
> 7 issue, or something I can fix with R preferences?

Run RGui with --sdi  I don't believe it was ever intentionally possible 
to move MDI windows outside the frame.

> 2.       When I use the file menu to change directories I noticed 2
> differences from Win XP to Win 7. In Win 7, 1) the bottom of the pop-up
> window is off the bottom of my computer, and 2) the directory tree defaults
> to something close to the root, regardless of the current working directory.
> In Win XP, the directory tree defaulted to the current working directory,
> which made it easy to jump up one folder, etc. Is there any way to make this
> the default behavior?

Ask Microsoft not to change the behaviour of their common controls API.

> I am using R 2.15.1

Which is not current: R 2.15.3 will be released tomorrow.  And you are 
comparing an old OS (Win7) with a very old one (XP): R for Windows was 
adapted for Win7 and before that, Vista, several years ago.

> Thanks,
> Glenn Stauffer
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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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