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10 Tableau Tips and Tricks

Editor's Note: Matt Francis is Senior Software Developer at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. In addition to his day job, he blogs at Wannabedatarockstar. This is a blog post that Matt wrote based on a presentation he previously published.
Some time ago I made a presentation to give to our new Tableau users. I wanted ...

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The #Tableau30for30

Editor's Note: Nelson Davis is an Information Management Consultant at Slalom Consulting. In addition to his day job, he blogs at TheVizioneer.
I turned 30 this April which means I’m now old… or young, depending your perspective (mine vs. yours). Most normal people would celebrate such an occasion by doing something ...

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Oh no! My filter made my stuff disappear!

Often times when we are working with multiple filters, Tableau can behave in a way that can be jarring. If you make a filter combination that doesn’t exist, all the sheets those filters apply to just disappear. This can be confusing to your end users and frustrating as a ...

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Tableau Public and Heartbleed

Important notice to ensure the security of your Tableau Public account:
In response to the Heartbleed OpenSSL security vulnerability announced on April 7, we’ve released new versions of Tableau Public to ensure the security of your account. Please take a moment to review these instructions:
If you are using Tableau ...

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Going Dual Axis on Maps

Have you ever wanted to control the zoom on Tableau maps without pinning the location?
Take the map below as an example, there are only 2 points, Canada and the U.S., Tableau is adjusting the zoom of the entire map to show just those marks using as much of the sheet space as possible. This unfortunately makes it difficult to ...

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How to Turn a Viz into a Poll

In this blog post, we will go through how to turn your viz into a poll! Yes, this means you can use Tableau Public as a data collection source. To do so, we will harness the amazing power of Tableau Public by using a viz for the user input. Then using Dashboard actions, we will send the responses from the user to a Google Doc for ...

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Share your Tableau Tips in April

One of the best things about the data visualization community, and the Tableau Public community in particular, is the fact that everyone is very generous with their ideas and techniques. When I first started using Tableau Public as a data viz blogger back in 2011, I was amazed by the helpfulness and quality of online tutorials ...

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Wrapping up Sports Viz Month

Yesterday marked the end of Sports Viz Month, and I'd say it lived up to its billing. Twitter voters decided on the first Iron Viz feed-in champion of the year. Congrats once again to winner John Mathis, runner-up Dan Montgomery, the rest of the Elite 8 finalists, and all of the talented people that amazed us with a batch of ...

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Parameters and Power Plays

Editor's note: Robb Tufts is a sports data blogger with hockey vizzes featured on McKeen's Hockey and St. Louis Game Time. He also creates vizzes for the U.S. Green Building Council's website.
One of the things I love about writing for St. Louis Game Time are the questions readers and the other writers pose to me ...

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The Elite 8 Champion!

Our first Iron Viz contest of the year has officially come to a close! We started with 32 Contestants. Our team of Tableau judges evaluated all the entries on design, data analysis and storytelling, and overall appeal. The top 8 highest scoring vizzes were then seeded into a bracket. And round after round, your Twitter votes ...

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