Why Don’t My Folders Show Up In R Studio

R Programming

Have you ever encountered the frustrating situation where you couldn’t see your folders in R Studio? I can definitely relate to that struggle. As someone who spends a significant amount of time working with R Studio, I have faced this issue more times than I can count. In this article, I will delve deep into the possible reasons why your folders may not be showing up in R Studio and provide you with some possible solutions.

The File Directory

One of the first things to check when your folders are not appearing in R Studio is the file directory. R Studio relies on the correct file path to display your folders. Make sure that you are in the right working directory by using the getwd() command. If you are in the wrong directory, you can change it using setwd() followed by the path to your desired directory.

Hidden Files

Another possible reason for missing folders in R Studio is that the folders may be hidden. This can happen if the folders have been marked as hidden in the file system. To check if this is the case, you can use the list.files() command in R Studio. By default, this command does not show hidden files. To display hidden files, you can specify the all.names = TRUE parameter.

File Permissions

File permissions can also play a role in whether or not your folders show up in R Studio. If you do not have the necessary permissions to access a specific folder, it will not be displayed in R Studio. To check the permissions of a folder, you can use the file.info() command, which provides information about the permissions of a file or directory.

Refreshing the File Pane

Sometimes, the issue of missing folders in R Studio can be as simple as a refresh problem. R Studio may not automatically update the file pane to show newly created folders. In this case, you can try manually refreshing the file pane by clicking the “Refresh” button located at the top right corner of the Files tab in R Studio.


Dealing with missing folders in R Studio can be frustrating, but there are several potential solutions to explore. Start by checking your file directory, ensuring that you are in the correct working directory. If that doesn’t solve the issue, consider hidden files, file permissions, or simply refreshing the file pane. By following these steps, you should be able to regain visibility of your folders in R Studio and continue working seamlessly.