Tableau Dashboard Layers: Ordering Floating Elements to Improve UX


Tableau Dashboard Layers: Ordering Floating Elements to Improve UX

In a previous blog post, I mapped America’s Deadliest Shootings based on a timeline put together by the “Los Angeles Times.” A topic not often discussed is the order of elements when laying out floating containers on your dashboard and how this can ultimately impact user experience.

Notice the context menu when right-clicking on an element in the Layout pane when designing Tableau dashboards:

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<p>Similar to a multi-layered wedding cake, selecting <strong>Bring to front</strong> under <strong>Floating order </strong>will push an element to the very top and cover any element(s) behind it. Selecting <strong>Bring forward </strong>will promote an element by one layer rather than traversing all layers at once.</p>
<p>With this newfound knowledge, we can now order a hidden layout container (as detailed in Dustin’s <a href=blog post) above a map of the continental U.S. to achieve a pop-up detailing shooting incidents per state:

Order a hidden layout container above map


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