Tableau Tips Tag

Ask Tableau users what they love most about Tableau, and they’ll likely say it’s the ability to create stunning data visualizations quickly and easily. Tableau was designed with usability in mind, apparent in its approachable interface, yet behind that interface lies a powerful collection of...

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...

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...

What are the differences between CASE and IF statements when making calculated fields in Tableau? How do different types of IF statements vary? When is it better to use one of these statements over the others? That is what I’ll address in this article. The Different...

A look at effectively preparing for the rapid aging of the American workforce utilizing calculated fields and parameters in Tableau. The Scenario It’s no secret: The American workforce is aging – rapidly. The “Silver Tsunami” is hastily approaching land. With it comes waves of increased medical expenditures,...

This post builds off of two great previous posts about Tabcmd by Kate Treadwell and Tanner Ladd. Please refer back to these posts if you have questions about setting up Tabcmd and distributing PDFs. The goal of this post is to show you how to use...

We’ve kicked off 2015 with answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Another problem that appears involves a simple piece of functionality – totals.  We know that Tableau can create totals for us through the Analysis menu. In Tableau 8.1, a new feature called...

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,...

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...

What is a maxim? According to Merriam-Webster: “A general truth, fundamental principle or rule of conduct.”  Recently, I read a book called “Clear and Simple as the Truth” that got me thinking about maxims. The authors reference a French essayist named François de La Rochefoucauld, who wrote a book...

Highlight tables can be a great way to help users quickly spot the most interesting values in a table of numbers. In cases where multiple variables are displayed, Measure Values can be used to apply a single color scheme to all of the values in...

During the Christmas holiday, I noticed this tweet from a friend, Paul Banoub: This frustration isn’t uncommon. About 25% of the clients I’ve worked with during the last seven years have underutilized Tableau initially because they didn’t use Tableau’s visual analytics (available via Show Me) to...

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...

During the past year, I’ve given lots of speeches and spoken with hundreds of people that are using Tableau. Many are expanding their Tableau Server deployments. Most people want to know how to ensure success or improve the utilization of the tool. They want to...

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