Cannot find build panel for Bookdown demo example


First of all, thanks for the helps! I am bringing back this post again as I run into similar issues and exhausted all the options listed. No build pane/ build book option using bookdown. In short, the build panel does not show up in my Rstudio.

bookdown-demo.Rproj in text file:
Version: 1.0

RestoreWorkspace: Default
SaveWorkspace: Default
AlwaysSaveHistory: Default

EnableCodeIndexing: Yes
UseSpacesForTab: Yes
NumSpacesForTab: 2
Encoding: UTF-8

RnwWeave: knitr
LaTeX: pdfLaTeX

AutoAppendNewline: Yes
StripTrailingWhitespace: Yes

BuildType: Website

My Rstudio version is the latest: ‘1.2.5042’. I make sure my index.rmd has the line "site: bookdown::bookdown_site". The bookdown-demo.Rproj file also has the line "BuildType: Website". I even checked the Preferences -> Panel Layout to make sure "Build" is selected to show. I also unchecked other panels (e.g., connections) in case build panel did not show up because of the space limit. Still, I cannot find build panel for the bookdown demo. If I click on "Configure Build Tool", I will receive an error message saying "No Active Project. Build tools can only be configured from within an RStudio project."

Please help!

Here is the link to the bookdown demo if you want to try reproducing the error.

Thank you all very much!

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Hi apreshill,

Thanks for the comment. I already restarted RStudio and it did not change anything. I have the line "BuildType: Website" at the bottom of my .Rproj file. I have tried everything suggested in that post. Do you have any other ideas?

I solved this problem by clicking on the "Project: (None)" at the top right corner and select the bookdown-demo folder (which includes all the files, such as .Rproj) as the project. After selecting the entire folder as the project, the "Build" panel shows up automatically. Previously, I opened the index.Rmd file alone in RStudio.

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Oh yes ! this feature (as others in RStudio IDE) only works in addition of using project. This is because the IDE will determine the type of project you are doing based on some files and content in your project. Glad you found your solution !

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