Tableau Tip Tuesday – often useful, always exciting!
I really love the Tableau Community Forums. If you haven’t ever experienced the forums, you really should! It’s a vibrant community all centered around helping people learn Tableau and solve real world problems! You can participate as a helper and provide answers to individuals who are asking Tableau questions or ask for help if you have a […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Ever design a table in Tableau and wish you could insert a gap between columns or rows? Maybe you want to show several values, but set one apart from the others. Something like this: Or maybe you want to create some space between categories, like this: Whatever the reason, in some cases, it’s actually quite […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
The Problem of Partial Periods So you built out that incredible Tableau* time series viz showing sales per week or number of widgets produced per month. Everything looked great as you wrapped this up right before Christmas break. Profits were up, sales were great, trends were positive. You come into the office excited to start […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
Actually, it’s not dates in Tableau. Tableau does wonders with dates! What other tool allows you to connect to a data source with dates and have a built-in hierarchy where you can move different parts of the hierarchy around in the view? What other tool has its own built-in date dimension? There are imitators […]Continue Reading... 31 Comments.
Today’s Tableau Tip comes from my colleague, David Baldwin. I am privilleged to work with him at Teknion Data Solutions, a Tableau Gold Partner providing data consulting solutions. David is also Tableau Trainer – travelling the country to teach others how to use Tableau to see and understand their data. One of the questions he often […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to hide something on a Tableau Dashboard? Something you, the designer wanted to see, but not something the end-user of the published dashboard should see. Maybe it’s a set of instructions to remind yourself of how quick filters and parameters should be set prior to publishing. […]Continue Reading... 25 Comments.
Sometimes you want to customize titles or even hide titles in Tableau. When shown on a dashboard, titles will always appear, even when you filter out all the data in the view: Notice how the title stays, even when all the data is filtered and the view isn’t drawn. This can be unsightly, especially in dashboards […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Previously, we saw how to capture and use Tableau’s automatically generated latitude and longitude for custom geocoding. Now, we’ll extend that technique to give us the ability to drill up and down on various levels of geographic detail in a single visualization: The data is fairly standard. We have Regions which contain 2 or […]Continue Reading... 9 Comments.
Last time we looked at a simple way to implement custom geocoding in Tableau using the ability to assign latitude and longitude to unknown locations. That’s a fairly good option if you only have a few locaitons and only need to plot marks on a map or two in a single workbook. But what happens if […]Continue Reading... 14 Comments.
Tableau has outstanding built-in geocoding capabilities. If you have countries, states, zip codes, congressional districts, statistical areas, etc… in your data then Tableau knows where to plot marks on a map. But there are times when you have data that doesn’t match up with standard geographic locations. There are great tools and techniques out there for generating […]Continue Reading... 16 Comments.