Navigating your workspace

Upon logging in and entering a workspace, you arrive at the workspace homepage, if one exists, or the summary page if not. A number of fixed tabs are visible from this page:tabs, grabbed on 17.01.17, using XAP version 1.19.1 2740-8759a, from

Home Page

This tab shows the dedicated workspace homepage, if one has been configured. This can be done by supplying HTML in a workspace.html file in the files folder.


This tab shows a summary of recent activity relating to the workspace – for example when files have been uploaded or deleted. When on this page you can add notes, comments, and insights about any events in the workspace.


This tab allows you to see and access your Virtual Desktops. You can Start, Stop and Connect to your desktop from this tab. Connecting to a Virtual Desktop will open a new tab in your workspace.


This tab shows all of the auditable events which have occurred in the workspace. These events include the user who have accessed the workspace and files being added or deleted. Additionally, some charts are shown which give a summary of different types of usage of the workspace over time.


This tab shows published R Shiny apps. You can also explore un-published mini-apps, explore mini-app file structure and add new files. You can also remove mini-apps from the gallery here.


This tab shows a list of the database tables and views that are available in the workspace database. Clicking on a table or view will bring up details such as regarding the number of columns and rows, related activity and size, in the panel on the right-hand side.


This tab shows all of the files associated with the workspace. These can be images, Word documents, PDFs, SQL/R scripts and custom files.

R – R session

This tab gives access to an interactive R session. The R console is pre-configured with a broad selection of the most popular packages and can be further configured by the user to include any of the 5000+ packages that have been built by the R user community. These packages cover a wide variety of use cases from data manipulation and visualisation, to advanced analytics and machine learning, as well as specialist packages for text mining, natural language processing, genomics, clinical trials and imaging analysis.


The Add tab allows for the creation of files, folders and Mini-apps, and for the uploading of new files and data. You can also start a new R console session.

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Updated on November 27, 2020

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