When I Save R Studio Nothing Shows Up In R

R Programming

When I first started using R Studio, I encountered a frustrating issue – whenever I saved my work, nothing seemed to show up in R. It left me puzzled and annoyed, wondering where my code and variables had disappeared to. After doing some research and troubleshooting, I discovered a few possible reasons for this issue and found effective solutions. In this article, I will share my experience and provide detailed steps to help you resolve this problem.

Understanding the Issue

Before diving into the solutions, let’s understand what might be causing this problem. When you save your work in R Studio, it should be reflected in the R environment, allowing you to access the saved variables and code. However, if nothing shows up in R after saving, it could be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to Save the Script: Make sure you are saving the R script file (.R or .Rmd) properly and in the correct location. Saving the file with a different extension or in a different folder might result in R not being able to find it.
  2. Workspace Not Saving: R Studio has an option to save the workspace along with the script. If this option is disabled, your variables and code may not be saved to the workspace, even though the script file is saved.
  3. Automatic Clearing of Workspace: R Studio has a default behavior of clearing the workspace when opening a new script file. If this option is enabled, it could be the reason why nothing shows up in R after saving your current script.


1. Check the Save Location

Ensure that you are saving your R script in the correct location. If necessary, create a new folder and save your script file within it. This will help you organize your work and ensure that R Studio can easily locate the saved file.

2. Enable Workspace Saving

By default, R Studio does not save the workspace along with the script. To enable this feature, go to the “Tools” menu, select “Global Options”, and navigate to the “General” tab. Make sure the “Restore .RData into workspace at startup” option is checked. This will ensure that your variables and code are saved and accessible in the R environment.

3. Disable Automatic Clearing of Workspace

If your workspace is getting cleared automatically when opening a new script, you can disable this behavior by going to the “Tools” menu, selecting “Global Options”, and navigating to the “General” tab. Uncheck the “Clear workspace before running code” option. This will prevent the clearing of the workspace, allowing your saved variables and code to remain accessible in R.


Experiencing the issue of nothing showing up in R after saving in R Studio can be frustrating, especially when you’ve put in a considerable amount of effort into your work. Fortunately, by following the solutions outlined in this article, you should be able to resolve this problem and ensure that your code and variables are properly saved and accessible in the R environment.