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Quantified Self Viz Contest

It's finally here! It's time to kick off our second of three contests that feed into the Iron Viz at the Tableau Conference in Seattle in September.
For the uninitiated, Iron Viz is the ultimate battle of Tableau skills. Three challengers are selected based on contests held through Tableau Public. The challengers will face ...

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Quantified Self Month

Happy May! All this month, we will be focusing on the Quantified Self movement. We will be looking at the different ways you can keep data about yourself and the things you can learn about yourself through analyzing that data. For more background on the movement itself, check out this TED talk from Gary Wolf:
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Award Winning Tips

To celebrate the altruism of the online community of Tableau users, the Tableau Public team declared April to be "Tableau Tips Month" on our blog. Our stated goal was to share tutorials, guides, tips, hacks, and generally useful stuff all month long.
We published guest blog posts, some of our own, and we invited users to ...

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Using Bar Charts in Tooltips

We’re bringing back the bar chart in a tooltip for #TableauTipsMonth! Thanks to Andy Cotgreave for initially introducing Using Bar Charts in Tooltips with Tableau 5.1. Now that we are using Tableau 8.1, we wanted to bring it back!
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Using this technique, you can maximize the space of your viz by ...

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All Your Shape are Belong to Us.

Editor's note: Matt York is a long-time Software Developer extraordinaire at Tableau.
Want to borrow custom shapes from a Tableau Public workbook? That used to be an adventure.
Now there’s the Tableau Custom Shape Extractor
After adding to your bookmarks bar:
Follow these instructions if you need help ...

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Custom Mapping Mayhem

Editor's Note: This supersized mapping post is brought to you by Anya A'Hearn, Craig Bloodworth, and Allan Walker.
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I love my mapping in Tableau. Click, click, boom!
But what if I wanted a background map with a bit more kick? And so began my adventure on how to get a map that looked the way ...

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Exporting CSV Made Simple

Editor's note: Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel is data visualization guru at Facebook and data blogger at VizWiz. Andy published the following Tableau tip on his blog on March 13, and we are republishing here with his permission as part of the #TableauTipsMonth series.
We’ve all heard this question before: How can I export a ...

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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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