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# Tableau Training Tag

## How InterWorks and the Tableau Foundation Are Impacting Education Through Data

Since mid-2015, InterWorks has worked hand-in-hand with the Tableau Foundation on some particularly special projects. As part of their mission, the Tableau Foundation empowers select organizations with the tools and knowledge needed to impact others through data. InterWorks has helped them achieve this mission by providing...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Dynamic Label Positioning

From a Desktop II Intermediate class in Melbourne, Priyanka asked me the following question: "In my chart, I want to show forecast and actual as a bullet graph. I’d like to label both values at the end of the chart, whether that’s the bar that’s exceeded...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Top Ten Plus N

Today I received another interesting question from Suzanne, a student during a virtual training. "I want to include a specific value in a top ten list, even if it’s not in the top ten." In other words, our goal is to make sure that particularly important values...

## Defending Desktop II: 5 Reasons Why Every Tableau User Should Take Intermediate

I recently wrote an article encouraging every Tableau user of every level of proficiency to take the Desktop I: Fundamentals course. Now I’m going to do the same for the next level of training, Desktop II: Intermediate. Here’s what I’ve seen from traveling literally around...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Conditional Scope on Tableau Calculations

Here’s a question that came out of a class from one of our other trainers: “Student wants a running sum to restart every time the value drops to zero.” How very interesting – a table calculation with a conditional scope. Let’s tackle this problem. Scope & Direction First, let’s...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Can a Top N Parameter be Nested Within Other Fields?

The latest question from Tableau Training comes from Ryan, who was in a DII: Intermediate course in New York City. "I know I can show top n products with a parameter, but how can I get the top n products nested within other fields?" This is a great...

## Questions from Tableau Training: How Can I Create Custom Color Palettes?

The latest question from Tableau Training comes from Andy, who was in a DII: Intermediate course in Toronto, Ontario. “I need to match the colors on my charts to my company’s style guide. Is there a way specific colors can be chosen rather than the default...

## Defending Desktop I: 5 Reasons Why Every Tableau User Should Take ‘Fundamentals’

Are you considering taking a Tableau training course? If so, then I need 15 minutes of your time. Hi, I’m a Tableau trainer. I’ve taught students from all over the world, both in person and virtually. I spend most of my day working with Tableau...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Combining Measures into a Single Line

Time for another question from Tableau Training, this time a question asked by Daniel from a DII: Intermediate course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "I want to show my actual sales on a line graph, but I also want to combine that to show budgeted sales after...

## Questions from Tableau Training: How Can I Customize Charts with Parameters?

Here's a question I've heard often during training sessions:  “How can I customize my charts with parameters?” If you’ve spent some time in Tableau you’ve most likely encountered parameters. Parameters can be an excellent addition to any workbook because they allow viewers to interact and make selections...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Labeling the Top N

Here’s a question I got from a student named Summer in a DII: Intermediate course in Hong Kong: "I want to show all of the cities in the United Kingdom for a particular measure but only show city name labels for the top five." Awesome question! Let’s...

## Using Big Data to Tackle Big Goals: How Data Analytics Can Help Countries Confront Health Emergencies

I’ve just returned from Vietnam, and I’d like to share a story with you. This story involves hundreds of people from countries all over the world, working together for a common cause. First, let’s talk about a very common, little pest known as the aedes aegypti. Aedes...

## Questions from Tableau Training: How Can I Transform My Crosstab into a Flat List?

Here’s a question I got from Quoc about how to work with the structure of the data source he was receiving: “How can I transform my crosstab into a flat list?" He wanted to take a table that looks like this: And make it into a flat list...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Can I Create Text Hyperlinks on a Dashboard?

Here's a question I often get in my Tableau training classes: "How do I create friendly text hyperlinks on a dashboard that open to an external webpage?” You may know how to bring a text object onto a Tableau dashboard, but what if you want your users...

## Questions from Tableau Training: How Can I Use My Current Report to Create a Viz?

Often times during training, students approach me with a pretty understandable issue. "I already build this report. How can I use my current output to build a visualization in Tableau?" My initial response is: “Let’s see if we can access the original data. Using the transactional database will...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Can I Move Mark Labels?

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...

## Tableau Training Is Over … Now What?

You’ve just completed the Desktop 1: Fundamentals course. Maybe it was in a classroom. Maybe it was through an interactive online class. You might be asking yourself – now what? I’ve got all these tips and ideas about Tableau Desktop in my head, and I’m...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Opening URL Actions Inside of a Dashboard

Here's another question I hear from time to time during Tableau training: “How do I make a URL action open inside of the dashboard rather than in a new window?” You may know how to make dashboard URL Actions in Tableau that link to various webpages based...

## Questions from Tableau Training: How Can I Get Box Plot Data into a Crosstab?

Another great question from one of my Advanced classes as posed by Yelda: "I love box-and-whisker plots, but how do I export that data out? I want to grab the median, the quartiles, everything and put it into a crosstab." Awesome question! Let’s find a solution.bo Box Plots As...

## Questions from Tableau Training: Can I Manually Set the Colors of a Stepped Gradient?

From my Melbourne Advanced class last week, I received the following question from one of my students, Arpan: "Can I manually set the colors of a stepped gradient?" The quick answer is: Yes, you can! Let’s learn more about this question and potential use cases for the solution. Stepped...

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