RStudio has stopped working - only displays main menu

Description of issue -

I have been using RStudio on Windows 10 without problems for a couple of years now. However, the other day I decided (finally!) to enable version control using Git. Following the instructions in, I enabled it OK in Tools -> Global Options, then went to Tools -> Project Options. And that's about when my problems started... RStudio hung.

Attempted steps taken to fix -

  • I shut down RStudio, and re-started it. No change. The main window appears, with the main menu displayed (see attached graphic). I can select a main menu item, but none of the drop-down, second-level menus appear. All I can do is shut down.

  • I uninstalled RStudio and re-installed it from a newly-downloaded copy - RStudio 1.1.463. No change.

  • I repeated the steps above with re-boots in between. No change.

  • I ran the diagnostics executable and captured the output

System Information:

  • RStudio Edition: Desktop
  • RStudio Version: 1.1.463
  • OS Version: Windows 10
  • R Version: 3.5.1
  • Output your diagnostics report (if possible): I have the diagnostics file, but it is huge - over 1Mb, so I'd rather not upload it in its entirety. However, I'm happy to provide relevant sections, if someone can tell me which sections are relevant!

From RStudio Desktop Will Not Start on

The first thing to try is to re-install RStudio to the latest version, test it without github, and then re-add. Current is Version 1.2.1153

The likely best guide to configuring for git is by @jennybryan

Thank you for both pieces of information.

But, can you tell me where I can get hold of RStudio 1.2.1153? I have been downloading RStudio from, which I rather assumed was the latest version...

It's in beta, and I see that I, myself, am a few increments behind. I've had absolutely no problems on Mojave, Ubuntu 10.18 or Windows 10, although most of my work is on Mojave. You can always go back.

Hmmm, I had high hopes, but I'm afraid they've been disappointed! After uninstalling 1.1.463, I downloaded and installed RStudio-1.2.1194.exe. Unfortunately, the result was exactly the same - nothing displayed but the main menu bar. :frowning:

I feel sure the problem was caused by enabling the Git integration. If anybody could tell me where the configuration file is that holds the flag enabling it, I could edit it (by hand) to unset it. Any ideas?

I've asked some one who may be able to give you help to take a look.

You might also try resetting RStudio's state:

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Excellent - that's sorted it! Whew, for a couple of days, I was trying to get to grips with the horrific idea I would have to go back to using plain R and a text editor - a fate worse than death! :smile:

Thanks for all your help.



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