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Scenario: You’ve just purchased a new laptop with an amazing high resolution display. Woo hoo!  However, when you start up Tableau, something looks a bit fishy: Figure 1: Hmmmm … This seems to compound when you open a dashboard: Figure 2: YIKES!! When opening Dashboards, Tableau is scaling the...

In this brief video, I walk through the four steps to creating a parameter in Tableau: Create the parameter control Show the parameter control Use the parameter in a calculated field Use the calculated field in the view Follow along in the video to see how easy it is!...

In the first post of this series, we reviewed how you can calculate compound annual growth rates in Tableau. This week, we’ll look at time series data using Bollinger Bands. A technical stock analyst named John Bollinger developed the technique and trademarked the name. Bollinger bands simply...

This article is updated with the new icons from Tableau 10 and expanded for additional file types. Previous article for Tableau 9 here. Acronyms, acronyms, acronyms – They dominate the internet, social media, everything. IMHO, probably too much. And, yes, Tableau is no different. It’s all...

Every decade, I spend a few weeks planning the next 10 years. This thinking normally encompasses career and investment goals. This time, I decided to expand my time horizon. I’m 57 years old, so I wanted to start thinking about what my personal financial situation looks...

One of my favorite viz types in the history of the whole wide world of Tableau is the bullet chart. I’m not sure I’ve ever produced a workbook that didn’t make use of this awesome “progress to goal” option because it’s simple, easy-to-understand and visually...

Do you ever want to: Add text directly to your chart that is not a label, header or title? Label only specific points, ensure mark labels do not overlap or have different mark labels provide different information? Guide your user on how to interpret your visualization with commentary,...

article.post img { max-width: 760px; } Sometimes Tableau puts mark labels exactly where we want ‘em… But sometimes the default positioning of mark labels leaves class participants asking: “Can I pick where my mark labels go?” The answer is yes! You have two options for adjusting positioning for your mark...

Today, I got a really interesting request to create a Venn diagram in Tableau that showed the overlap in customer segments. I had seen the 3 Way Venn done by Rob Austin here at InterWorks; however, I needed something that allowed me to select the intersections...

At the start of this Deep Dive series, I stated that there were four standard use cases for parameters: filters, bins, reference lines and calculated fields. What about other areas, such as table calculations? Why can’t we use parameters there? The answer is: You can! You just...

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