Learning Tableau 10.x

Video description

Microsoft Excel is a straightforward way of storing data, but creating visualizations is at times fairly tedious for an analyst. With Tableau, you can save time when analyzing Excel data and create great data visualizations that present data in a way that even non-analysts can understand, which in turn helps businesses to make informed decisions.

In this course, you’ll be introduced to Tableau and understand the different versions of the software including Tableau Desktop, Tableau Desktop Professional, Tableau Public, Tableau Online, and Tableau Server. The course contains session material that covers both fundamental and advanced concepts to create worksheets, dashboards, and stories in Tableau.

You’ll get a solid understanding of the user interface and all the powerful functions available in Tableau. Furthermore, you’ll learn about other topics such as table calculations, parameters, filters, user-defined calculations, (variables). Next, you’ll see how to use dashboard actions to create interactivity between dashboard components.

By the end of the course, you’ll be adept with the knowledge to create great visualizations with Tableau for your day-to-day business needs.

This course uses Tableau Desktop 10.5, while not the latest version available, it provides relevant and informative content for legacy users of Tableau.

What You Will Learn

  • Connect data with Tableau and understand the available data sources
  • Blending your data and incorporating data sources
  • Learn how to make interactive visualizations
  • Understand different calculations in Tableau
  • Understanding Mapping and geocoding functionalities
  • See Building dashboards and creating visualizations in Tableau


This video course is for professionals with no knowledge of Tableau. It’s ideal for those who want to build rich analytics and visualizations using Tableau.

About The Author

Govind Acharya: Govind Acharya is a Principal Analyst at the University of California, Davis Budget, and the Institutional Analysis office. He has over a decade of experience in visual analytics in academic, for-profit, and non-profit business environments. He is an economist by training for a PhD at Cornell University. Besides spending almost a decade mashing data in Tableau, he loves to spend hours cycling the roads of Northern California and thinking about new ways to explain data through pretty pictures.

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Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Getting Started with Tableau
    1. The Course Overview
    2. An Introduction to Tableau
    3. How to Install Tableau on Your Computer?
    4. Tableau Help and Online Resources
  2. Chapter 2 : Working with Tableau
    1. Understand the Tableau User Interface
    2. Exploring Tableau File Types
    3. Understanding Tableau`s Blue and Green Pills
    4. Working with Data Sources
    5. Working with Extracts Instead of Live Connections
  3. Chapter 3 : Deep Dive into Data Connections
    1. Working with the Excel Data Interpreter
    2. Split Fields When Connecting to Data
    3. Pivot Your Data into the Ideal Format
    4. Understanding Metadata and Data Source Connections
    5. Filter from Your Data Source
  4. Chapter 4 : Creating Charts and Visualizations
    1. Tableau's Show Me Feature
    2. Crosstabs and Heat Maps
    3. Using Bar, Stacked Bar, and Side by Side Bar Charts
    4. Pie Charts
    5. Line and Area Charts
    6. Working with Packed Bubbles
    7. Using Tree Maps
    8. Creating a Basic Scatter Plot
    9. Creating a Basic Map
  5. Chapter 5 : Adding Calculations to Your Workbook
    1. Introduction to Calculations
    2. Understanding Basic Calculations
    3. Understanding String Calculations
    4. Learn about boolean, if-then Calculations, and case Statements
    5. Date and Time Calculations
    6. Understanding Aggregations and Disaggregations
    7. Using Calculations to Add Insight to Your Visualizations
  6. Chapter 6 : Mapping Data in Tableau
    1. Introduction to Mapping in Tableau
    2. Creating a Standard Map View
    3. Dealing with Map Errors
    4. Customizing a Standard Map View
    5. Using Filters in Maps
  7. Chapter 7 : Dashboards and Stories
    1. What Are Dashboards and Stories?
    2. Understanding Dashboard Actions
    3. Basics of Dashboard Formatting
    4. Understanding Workbook Level Formatting
    5. Assembling Your Dashboards into a Story
  8. Chapter 8 : Visualizations for an Audience
    1. Focusing on the Narrative
    2. Using Color with Purpose
    3. Tooltips for a Purpose
    4. Using a Parameter to Focus the Audience’s Attention
    5. Removing Clutter in Your Dashboard
    6. Exporting Your Visualizations

Product information

  • Title: Learning Tableau 10.x
  • Author(s): Govind Acharya
  • Release date: May 2018
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781788836043