Useful keyboard shortcuts in RStudio
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Course Description 

This module will introduce you to the R programming language and the RStudio Integrated Development Environment. You’ll also look at some useful tools available in RStudio. 

Learning Objectives 

The objectives of this module are to provide you with an understanding of: 

  • How to download and install the R programming language  
  • How to download and install the RStudio IDE  
  • The different panes in RStudio 
  • How plots are formed in RStudio 
  • How to add comments in RStudio  
  • Useful keyboard shortcuts in RStudio  

Intended Audience 

Aimed at all who wish to learn the R programming language. 


No prior knowledge of R is assumed. 

Delegates should already be familiar with basic programming concepts such as variables, scope, and functions. 

Experience of another scripting language such as Python or Perl would be an advantage. 

Having an understanding of mathematical concepts will be beneficial. 


We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at to let us know what you think. 


In order to use RStudio efficiently, you might be wondering are there any useful shortcuts that I can use. In order to find them, you can click on the tools menu and then click on keyboard shortcuts. The shortcut to this is Alt + Shift + K. By clicking on this I bring up the quick reference guide, and that gives me a series of different shortcuts available on the screen. I can scroll through this list and find anything that I might find useful and utilise it. I can also click on see all shortcuts in the top right, where my mouse is and this will take me to a webpage, which is built inside of my own computer, a HTM file and on the left I see the window's shortcuts and on the right I see for a MAC. Predominately they are the same, but occasionally they are different. 

Going back into the RStudio environment, I'll show you some that I find useful for myself, that I use quite regularly. If I was to type out some code that I felt needed to be made into a comment, rather than actual code, I could use the shortcut Control + Shift + C and that would comment out my code and make it a user-friendly note. I can also run a selection. If I type in a series of commands in the screen here, two plus two and three plus three and I'd like to run that, I can select everything with the Shift key and then press the shortcut key, Control + Enter to run this in the console.

About the Author
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Kunal has worked with data for most of his career, ranging from diffusion markov chain processes to migrating reporting platforms.  

Kunal has helped clients with early stage engagement and formed multi week training programme curriculum. 

Kunal has a passion for statistics and data; he has delivered training relating to Hypothesis Testing, Exploring Data, Machine Learning Algorithms, and the Theory of Visualisation. 

Data Scientist at a credit management company; applied statistical analysis to distressed portfolios. 

Business Data Analyst at an investment bank; project to overhaul the legacy reporting and analytics platform. 

Statistician within the Government Statistical Service; quantitative analysis and publishing statistical findings of emerging levels of council tax data. 

Structured Credit Product Control at an investment bank; developing, maintaining, and deploying a PnL platform for the CVA Hedging trading desk. 

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