How To Put R Studio Source Editoir Back

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Have you ever accidentally closed the source editor in R Studio and struggled to find a way to bring it back? Trust me, I’ve been there too. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to put the R Studio source editor back, ensuring that you can continue coding without any hiccups.

Step 1: Accessing the Console

Firstly, you need to ensure that you have the R Studio console open. The console is where you run your code and view the output. If you can’t see the console, go to the top left corner of the R Studio window and click on the “Console” tab.

Step 2: Resetting the Layout

Once you have the console open, navigate to the top menu and click on “Tools”. In the dropdown menu, select “Global Options”. This will open a new window with various options.

In the left sidebar of the “Global Options” window, select the “Pane Layout” option. Here, you will see a checkbox labeled “Restore RStudio’s state at startup”. Make sure this checkbox is ticked. This option ensures that R Studio remembers your layout preferences when you restart it.

Next, click on the “Apply” button to save your settings. Then, close the “Global Options” window.

Step 3: Relaunching R Studio

Now it’s time to relaunch R Studio. Close the application and open it again. You should see that the source editor has been restored and is visible in the top left corner of the window.


Accidentally closing the source editor in R Studio can be frustrating, but with these simple steps, you can easily bring it back. By accessing the console, resetting the layout, and relaunching R Studio, you can ensure that you have a seamless coding experience. Happy coding!