Need help with strange pop-ups

I'm having an issue with RStudio. As I'm using the program pop-ups of images from the RStudio window show up randomly. Here's a screen shot of what I'm talking about and you'll see a pop-up window in the middle-right part of the photo. The pop-ups move around sporadically as I scroll, type, or run the code. This has been an ongoing issue for a couple of weeks. I've tried redownloading RStudio, shutting down my computer, and using a different keyboard and mouse but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

Hi @kurtfleisher! Welcome!

How odd (and annoying, I’d imagine!). In the interests of making things as efficient as possible for helpers, can you provide your system info? You can use this template:

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System Information:

  • RStudio Edition: (Desktop or Server)
  • RStudio Version:
  • OS Version:
  • R Version:


Depending on your issue, the following may be useful
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  • RStudio Desktop Version 1.2.1114 Build 1150 (2e0f7658)
  • R Version 3.5.0
  • Windows 7 Enterprise 6.1.7601 Pack 1 Build 7601

Is there a good way to post the other items you mentioned?

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Session Info:

R version 3.5.0 (2018-04-23)
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
Running under: Windows 7 x64 (build 7601) Service Pack 1

Matrix products: default

[1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252
[2] LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252
[3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252
[5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252

attached base packages:
[1] grid stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods
[8] base

other attached packages:
[1] bindrcpp_0.2.2 ggbiplot_0.55 scales_0.5.0 plyr_1.8.4
[5] usethis_1.4.0 devtools_2.0.1 ggfortify_0.4.5 ggplot2_3.1.0
[9] lmerTest_3.0-1 sjPlot_2.6.1 SDMTools_1.1-221 emmeans_1.3.0
[13] car_3.0-2 carData_3.0-2 vegan_2.5-1 lattice_0.20-35
[17] permute_0.9-4 lme4_1.1-18-1 Matrix_1.2-14

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] TH.data_1.0-9 minqa_1.2.4 colorspace_1.3-2
[4] modeltools_0.2-22 rio_0.5.10 ggridges_0.5.1
[7] sjlabelled_1.0.14 rprojroot_1.3-2 estimability_1.3
[10] snakecase_0.9.2 fs_1.2.6 base64enc_0.1-3
[13] rstudioapi_0.7 glmmTMB_0.2.2.0 remotes_2.0.2
[16] mvtnorm_1.0-8 coin_1.2-2 codetools_0.2-15
[19] splines_3.5.0 R.methodsS3_1.7.1 mnormt_1.5-5
[22] knitr_1.20 sjmisc_2.7.5 pkgload_1.0.2
[25] bayesplot_1.6.0 nloptr_1.2.1 ggeffects_0.6.0
[28] pbkrtest_0.4-7 broom_0.5.0 cluster_2.0.7-1
[31] R.oo_1.22.0 compiler_3.5.0 sjstats_0.17.1
[34] backports_1.1.2 assertthat_0.2.0 lazyeval_0.2.1
[37] cli_1.0.0 prettyunits_1.0.2 tools_3.5.0
[40] coda_0.19-2 gtable_0.2.0 glue_1.2.0
[43] dplyr_0.7.5 Rcpp_0.12.16 cellranger_1.1.0
[46] nlme_3.1-137 psych_1.8.4 stringr_1.3.0
[49] ps_1.2.0 openxlsx_4.1.0 stringdist_0.9.5.1
[52] MASS_7.3-49 zoo_1.8-4 hms_0.4.2

I think I have all the other useful information you mentioned here. Please let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks for your help.

Is there anything atypical about your computing environment? Are you running windows in a VM or anything like that? When running Windows in a Parallels VM on a Mac I would sometimes get some interesting artifacts on the screen.

I know nothing about specific things that might cause this, but I wonder about video drivers. Maybe check to make sure your PC maker doesn't have updated vid drives?

No I'm just running windows 7 for desktop

We've unfortunately seen a number of these rendering-type issues with the v1.2 preview release of RStudio, and we're doing out best to whittle them down before release. Our suggestion at this point:

  1. Ensure that your computer's video card drivers are up-to-date,
  2. If all-else fails, try launching RStudio with the CTRL key held down, and request software rendering:


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