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# Tableau Essentials Tag

## Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – User Functions

In today’s article, we’ll examine User Functions that you can use as part of the Create Calculated Field tool. To access this window, right-click on either the Measure or Dimension window and select Create Calculated Field. Then, select User from the function drop-down menu. The user...

## Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – Aggregate Functions

In this article on Tableau Functions, we’ll examine Aggregate Functions. Aggregate Functions are a type of function where values of multiple rows are grouped together as the input to form a single value of more significant meaning, such as a set or list. To access these...

## Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – Type Conversion

In our next Tableau Essentials article on functions, we’ll examine Type Conversion Functions. This group of functions allow you to take the result of any expression and convert it to another specific data type. These are important for preparing some fields for calculation or in...

## Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – Number Functions

Not everyone is a Tableau guru, at least not yet. To help Tableau rookies, we’re starting from square one with the Tableau Essentials blog series. The series is intended to be an easy-to-read reference on the basics of using Tableau Software, particularly Tableau Desktop 8.1...

## Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – Logical Functions

Not everyone is a Tableau guru, at least not yet. To help Tableau rookies, we’re starting from square one with the Tableau Essentials blog series. The series is intended to be an easy-to-read reference on the basics of using Tableau Software, particularly Tableau Desktop 8.1...

## Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – Introduction

Not everyone is a Tableau guru, at least not yet. To help Tableau rookies, we’re starting from square one with the Tableau Essentials blog series. The series is intended to be an easy-to-read reference on the basics of using Tableau Software, particularly Tableau Desktop 8.1...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Maps

We’ve covered symbol maps and filled maps in our review of all of the different types of chart types in earlier articles. Today, we’re going to look at some of the formatting options you can apply to your maps beyond formatting the marks and fills. Let’s start with a...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Tooltips

Tableau tooltips are a fantastic way to add additional context or information to your view without taking up any precious real estate on the worksheet (super important when the worksheet is on a dashboard). As we’ll discuss in this post, you can populate the tooltip...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Color

In this edition of Tableau Essentials, we’ll examine the Color button on the Marks card. Color options are a powerful way to add distinction to your visualization as well as depth to your data’s story. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Labels

Today, we’re going to cover labels and some of the tricks and tips you can use with your visualization. To start, let’s take a simple horizontal bar chart. Our bar chart shows the penetration of Internet usage of countries with 200 million people or more. Now,...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Custom Shapes

Today, we’ll look at some formatting ideas that you can use on your next visualization. Specifically, we’ll look at using custom shapes to serve as our marks. Here is a simple table illustrating where players from the 2014 World Cup play their club football: Club Location field...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Introduction

Now that we have some basics out of the way and a few chart types in our arsenal, it’s time to move onto some of the finer points of data visualization in Tableau. First, let’s talk about formatting. Most of us know the saying, “don’t judge...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Packed Bubbles

The packed bubbles view, also known as a bubble chart, is a means to show relational value without regards to axes. The bubbles are packed in as tightly as possible to make efficient use of space.  There are a lot of different ways to use this...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Bullet Graph

A bullet graph is a very powerful way to compare data against historical performance or pre-assigned thresholds. As you’ll see, we can include a lot of information in a small space with this type of chart that is also Tableau’s answer to those looking for...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Gantt Chart

The Gantt chart was invented back in the 1910s by Mr. Henry Gantt as a way to visualize a schedule or progression of time. Since then, the Gantt chart has become a staple of project management methodology. Each task can be planned as an individual...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Box-and-Whisker Plot

Compared to the other chart types, the box-and-whisker plot (also known as the box plot) is a bit more complicated. Before we can delve into an example of how it is used within Tableau Software, we have to explain the logic behind this type of...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Histogram

A histogram is a visual representation of the distribution of data. There are two ways to create a histogram: 1. Select a single measure. Right-click on that measure to create a bin field. Drag the bin field from Dimensions to the Column shelf. Drag and drop...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Scatter Plot

The scatter plot, also known as a scatter diagram, scatter chart, scattergram or scatter graph, is useful to compare two different measures for patterns. Like the circle view and the side-by-side circle chart, the scatter plot also uses symbols to visualize data. The big difference...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Area Charts (Continuous & Discrete)

The area chart is a combination between a line graph and a stacked bar chart. It shows relative proportions of totals or percentage relationships. By stacking the volume beneath the line, the chart shows the total of the fields as well as their relative size...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Dual-Line Chart (Non-Synchronized)

A dual-line chart (also referred to as a dual-axis chart) is an extension of the line chart with a notable exception: It allows for more than one measure to be represented with two different axis ranges. This is done by assigning the right and left sides...

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