How to Create an Empty Plot in R (2 Examples)


In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to draw an empty plot.

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So here’s how to do it!


Example 1: Draw Empty Plot with Function

If we want to create a new plot window, without showing any plot elements, axes, or values, we can use the function:                                  # Create empty plot

After running the previous R code, you will see an empty plot window appearing at the bottom right in RStudio.


Example 2: Manually Remove All Elements from Plot

An alternative to the function is the manual removal of all elements from a plot. Have a look at the following R syntax:

plot(1, type = "n",                         # Remove all elements of plot
     xlab = "", ylab = "",
     xlim = c(0, 10), ylim = c(0, 10))


drawing empty plot in r

Figure 1: Empty Plot in R.


Figure 1 illustrates the output – An empty plot, which is only showing axis lines.


Video & Further Resources

Have a look at the following video of my YouTube channel. I’m explaining the R programming codes of this post in the video.



Furthermore, I can recommend to have a look at some of the related articles on this website. You can find a selection of articles about the plotting of data here:


In this tutorial you learned how to create a blank plot showing white space only in the R programming language. Let me know in the comments, in case you have additional questions.


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