How-to Videos

A buffet of materials to help get you started, or take you to the next level.

Select a video below or click/tap here to start from the beginning. Either way, explosions of knowledge will follow.

1. Tableau Public Overview (7:10)

Learn the basics of creating visualizations with Tableau Public


  • Connecting to data
  • Creating Sheets and Dashboards
  • Publishing to the web

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)
Viz: CO2 Emissions

2. Connecting to Excel and Text Files (4:32)

Learn how to connect to data in Microsoft Excel and CSV files


  • Connecting to data in Excel
  • Connecting to data in CSVs

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

3. Connecting to Google Sheets (3:15)

See how to connect to data in Google Sheets, and how to enable auto-update on your viz


  • Connecting to data in Google Sheets
  • Enabling Google Sheets viz auto-update

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

4. Connecting to Web Data Connectors (2:16)

Learn how to connect to Web Data Connectors


  • What a Web Data Connector is
  • How to connect to Web Data Connectors

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

5. Connecting to Spatial Files (6:03)

See how to build maps with spatial files


  • How to connect to spatial data
  • Create a map with a spatial file
  • How to join other data sets to a spatial file

Files: River Basin Spatial File
London Boroughs Spatial File
Carbon Emissions (.xlsx)

6. Connecting to PDFs

Learn how to connect to data in PDFs directly in Tableau


  • Connecting to PDF data tables
  • Union
  • Cleaning up imperfect tables
  • Dealing with null values
  • Fixing headers and pivoting
  • Re-aliasing members of a field
  • Recreating Groups and Hierarchies
  • Tips on working with PDFs

Files: Amazon Stock Prices (.pdf)
New Zealand: Water Physical Stock Account 1995–2010 (.pdf)

7. Data Preparation – The Data Interpreter (4:29)

See Tableau Public’s ideal data structure, and learn how to use the Data Interpreter to clean data


  • How your data should (ideally) be structured
  • How to clean your data using the Data Interpreter

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

8. Data Preparation – Pivoting your Data (4:54)

Learn how to pivot your data structure in Tableau


  • Why you might need to pivot your data structure
  • How to use Tableau Public’s pivot function

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

9. Data Preparation – Splitting your Data (2:26)

Learn how to split a field into multiple fields in Tableau


  • Why you might need to split a field in Tableau Public
  • How to use Tableau Public’s split function

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

10. Data Preparation – Joins and Unions (6:28)

Learn how to join multiple data sets together in Tableau


  • What are joins and unions
  • How to join two data sets together
  • How to union multiple data sets

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

11. Creating Your First Chart (2:34)

Find out how to create your first chart in Tableau Public


  • How to create a chart by double clicking on fields
  • How to add extra levels of information to your viz

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

12. Using the Show Me Tool Bar (4:15)

Find out how to create multiple visualization types using the Show Me Tool Bar

  • The Show Me tool
  • Overview of Chart types

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

13. Understanding the Logic of Charts (5:05)

Learn about the logic of how Tableau Public creates charts


  • Overview of Dimensions and Measures
  • Overview of Columns and Rows shelf
  • Overview of the Marks card

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

14. Combining Sheets on a Dashboard (5:27)

See how to combine your visualizations together on a dashboard


  • How to combine sheets on a dashboard
  • How to re-arrange and add items to a dashboard

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)
Viz: Combine Sheets on a Dashboard

15. Adding Interactivity to Dashboards (4:30)

Learn how to add interactivity to your dashboards


  • See how to add filter actions
  • See how to add highlight actions

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)
Viz: Adding Interactivity to Dashboards

16. Dashboard Formatting (4:05)

Make your dashboards functional and look fantastic with these formatting tips


  • See how to quickly globally format your dashboards
  • Tips to add titles and instructions to your dashboard

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)
Viz: Dashboard Formatting

17. Creating Stories (5:55)

Learn how to turn your data into a cohesive narrative using Story Points


  • See examples of data stories
  • Learn how to create story points

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

18. Formatting Story Points (6:54)

Make your stories come to life with these formatting tips


  • Learn how to fit your dashboards to the story points
  • See how to format the story points
  • See how to add annotations to your story

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

19. Designing for Mobile with the Device Designer (12:29)

Learn how to make your viz look great on any device with the Device Designer feature


  • Preview how your viz will look on multiple devices
  • How to add a device specific view
  • Tips on fitting your viz to device sizes

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)
Viz: Device Designer Dashboard

20. Publishing and Embedding Vizzes (4:01)

Once you have made your viz, see how you can share it


  • How to save a viz to the web
  • Edit your viz details
  • How to use the viz URL and embed codes

Data: World Bank CO2 (.xlsx)

22. Edit Vizzes on the Web (2:45)

Once you have saved a viz to your profile, see how you can edit from your browser.


  • Create a new sheet from a browser
  • Create a calculated field from a browser
  • Edit a dashboard from your browser

Viz: Global CO2 Emissions

21. Adding a custom Viz in Tooltip (2:49)

Learn how to show a different level of detail with the Viz in Tooltip feature


  • How to create a viz in tooltip
  • Resizing your viz in tooltip

Data: World Indicators Sample Data (.tde)
Viz: Viz In Tooltip

Sample Data

Where can you find data for your next visualization project? Here are some options to get you started. Download one of the data sets below and connect to it from Tableau Desktop.


Superstore Sales

This sample data set contains information about products, sales, profits, and so on that you can use to identify key areas of improvement within this fictitious company.
Dataset (xls)

The 2014 Inc. 5000

The Inc. 5000 is Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the United States. The list is compiled by measuring each company's percentage revenue growth over a four-year period.
Dataset (csv)

Employment Changes in Great Britain by Industry

Employment data by industry for 2011 and 2014 by city for Great Britain, courtesy of EMSI, Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. The 1-digit sheet has data aggregated at the industry level whereas the 2 digit sheet has it aggregated at the sub-industry level
Dataset (xlsx)

Millennial vs Baby Boomer Employment

Employment data in the United States for the millennial and baby boomer generations, broken up by state, MSA, and industry for 2009-2013. Courtesy of EMSI, Economic Modeling Specialists Inc .
Dataset (xls)

Netflix Movies and TV Shows

This dataset consists of tv shows and movies available on Netflix as of 2019. Source: Kaggle
Dataset (xlsx)

Eurovision 1998 to 2010

All the Eurovison entries from 1998 until 2012, including the results of the finals, via the Eurovision Song Contest .
Dataset (xlsx)

Hollywood's Most Profitable Stories

Title, genre, studio, profitability and ratings for movies released 2007-2012 courtesy of
Dataset (csv)

Pokemon Index

Contains attack, defense, speed, and HP stats for all Pokemon numbered 1-718 and their special forms. Via
Dataset (xlsx)

FIFA World Cup Match Results

Matchups and results of FIFA World Cup matches from 1930 - 2014. Source:
Dataset (xlsx)

2018 FIFA World Cup Rosters

Goals, caps, club, and date of birth for players on 2018 FIFA World Cup rosters. Source:
Dataset (xlsx)

FIFA 18 Player Ratings

17k+ players, 70+ attributes extracted from FIFA 18. Source:
Dataset (csv)

ATP Top-Ranked Singles Tennis Players

Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) Men's and Women's top-ranked players from 1973-2018. Source: Wikipedia
Dataset (csv)

Wimbledon Champions

Men's and Women's championship matchups from 1877-2016. Source: Wikipedia
Dataset (csv)

Tour de France Statistics

Winner, distance, speed, location, and more about Tour de France since 1903. Sources: Knoema, Wikipedia
Dataset (xlsx)

Global Sport Finances

The top paying pro sports teams and the top paid athletes via ESPN.
Dataset (xlsx)

Summer Olympics Medalist Dataset

Every summer Olympic medalist from 1896-2012. Criteria such as home country, event, medal, and gender are included in the data. Courtesy of The Guardian.
Dataset (xlsx)

NFL stats, 1999-2013

Offensive statistics and personal information (height/weight/dob/combine info/college/conference) for NFL players from 1999-2013 via
Dataset (xlsx)
Public Data

Airbnb Listings in New York City

30,478 Airbnb listings in New York City. This data was compiled from Inside Airbnb.
Dataset (xlsx)

FAA Wildlife Strikes, 2015

This is a cleaned table of wildlife strikes from 2000-2015 in the United States. Visit the FAA Wildlife Strike Database which contains records of wildlife strikes reported by airlines, airports, pilots, and other sources.
Dataset (xlsx)

University Advancement, Donations, and Giving

This is a table of donations made to Universities in the United States. The donation amounts and locations in this data set are not real as they are intended for training purposes only.
Dataset (xls)

UK University Research Excellence Framework Ratings 2014

The UK 2014 University results via Research For Excellence. REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
Dataset (xlsx) Academic Year 2012-2013

De-identified data from the first year (Academic Year 2013: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013) of MITx and HarvardX courses on the edX platform via
Dataset (csv)

American University Data

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is the primary source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States via the National Center for Education Statistics.
Dataset (xlsx)

Worldwide Undersea Communications Cables, June 2016

This is a consolidated list of undersea communications cables, last updated in June 2016. Data is from, and a complete change log and listing of cables is on that site as well.
Dataset (zip)

New Zealand: Water Physical Stock Account 1995–2010

Water is a valuable resource. The New Zealand Government provides information on national and regional water balance (inflows, outflows, and changes in storage size) from 1995-2000.
Dataset (pdf)

U.S. Construction Spending, by value and category, 2002-16

The Value of Construction Put in Place Survey provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. The survey covers construction work done each month on new structures or improvements to existing structures for private and public sectors. Data provided by from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Dataset (csv)

Consolidated Screening List for Export Controls - U.S.

The consolidated screening list is a list of parties for which the United States Government maintains restrictions on certain exports, reexports or transfers of items. Includes entity names, addresses, associated vessels, and dates. Data provided by from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Dataset (csv)

U.S. Home Sales, 1963-2016

National and regional data on the number of new single-family houses sold and for sale. Also provides national data on median and average prices, the number of houses sold and for sale by stage of construction, and other statistics. From the U.S. Census, Economic Time Series Indicators. Data provided by from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Dataset (csv)

2016 Presidential Candidate Spending

Records are as of mid May 2016. Data comes from the Federal Election Commission.
Dataset (csv)

UK Big Lottery Fund since 2004

Basic grants data from the UK BIG Lottery Fund, for grants made from 2004 onwards, via
Dataset (xlsx)

113th US Congress Voting Record

Every vote of the 113th US Congress via the Sunlight Foundation's are two sheets, "Bills" contains the vote data whereas "Sunlight Info" contains additional meta data. You can join them on "Source URL"
Dataset (xlsx)

Military Equipment Transfer to Local Police via the 1033 Program

All military equipment transfer requests to local police via the 1033 program from September 2011 to September 2013 courtesy of
Dataset (xlsx)

CO2 Emissions by London Borough (2005-2014)

Estimates of total CO2 emissions by London Borough, as well as emissions per capita of population (spatial file for Boroughs and excel of emissions), via and (spatial).
Dataset (zip)

Significant Volcanic Eruptions

A global listing of over 600 volcanic eruptions from 4360 BC to the present via Significant Volcanic Eruptions Database. A significant eruption is classified as one that meets at least one of the following criteria: caused fatalities, caused moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more), Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6 or greater, generated a tsunami, or was associated with a significant earthquake.
Dataset (xlsx)

Global Active Archive of Large Flood Events

Global flood events from 1985 to present via Dartmouth Flood Observatory.
Dataset (xlsx)

Magnitude 6+ Earthquakes

All recorded earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 or greater from 1900 - 2013 via USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Dataset (xlsx)

Star Wars Character Details

Details of Star Wars characteristics including weights, hair colour and birth planets via Github.
Dataset (json)

Titanic Passenger List

All the known passengers of the Titanic, where they were heading, what cabin they stayed in, and if they survived or not.
Dataset (csv)

Top Baby Names in the US

The most popular male and female names in each state for each year from 1910-2012 via the Social Security Administration.
Dataset (csv)

Cat vs Dog Popularity in the US

Population and ownership by household of dogs and cats broken down by state via American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dataset (xlsx)

Startup Venture Funding

Information about startup companies, investment, and acquisitions via Crunchbase . Use the Companies, Rounds, Investments, and Acquisition sheets.
Dataset (xlsx)

Mobile OS Usage

What percentage of the market each mobile operating system had from 2008-2014 via StatCounter.
Dataset (csv)

Tuberculosis Burden by Country

The World Health Organization estimates the prevalence and mortality of Tuberculosis by country.
Dataset (csv)

US County Health Rankings

Ranks US counties on a variety of health factors via Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dataset (csv)

Global Burden of disease

Estimates the burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors globally and for 21 regions for 1990 and 2010 via IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations).
Dataset (csv)

Data Sources

Explore other data sets which are publicly available. Don't forget to check that the data is well-structured!

Find more data sources

Web Data Connectors

Directly connect to your own data sources that you already use and love! Right-click, copy and paste the link below into Tableau's Web Data Connector to start.

See more on Github
Learn more about using Web Data Connectors

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Community & Resources

Explore resources to help you get started, or kick your visualizations up a notch.

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Community Resources

Don’t go it alone. Participate in fun challenges with the Tableau community, connect with others to learn new tricks and get helpful feedback to improve your Tableau and data viz skills, or just tune into the conversation! The following is an evolving list of some of the most popular initiatives and resources.

Virtual Challenges

Iron Viz

Iron Viz is Tableau’s own data visualization contest which consists of a series of topic-themed virtual qualifier competitions that determine the finalists who advance to a live on-stage championship at either Tableau Conference Europe or Tableau Conference. Find out about the schedule and more here:

Get Started

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday has been transformative for thousands of Tableau Community members across the globe and while it’s currently on an indefinite hiatus, it remains an opportunity for people to share and learn from each other while improving their analytics and data storytelling expertise. Download any of the 300 data sets on the Makeover Monday website. Create your own Tableau Public Profile and download the app to visualize the data. See what people are creating on Tableau Public by exploring the hashtag #MakeoverMonday, or get feedback from the #DataFam community. Start participating by following instructions here:

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Workout Wednesday

Every Wednesday, leaders of Workout Wednesday share a viz, challenging anyone around the world to attempt replication and to test and grow their knowledge of useful Tableau techniques. Currently run by Tableau Zen Masters Ann Jackson and Luke Stanke as well as Tableau Ambassadors Lorna Eden and Curtis Harris, see what people are creating on Tableau Public by exploring the hashtags #WorkoutWednesday2019 and #WorkoutWednesday, or start participating by following instructions here:

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Throwback Data Thursday

Once a month, Throwback Data Thursday provides a historical data set for you to explore, along with details on the provenance of the data source. This initiative is run by David Velleca. Vizzes are typically tagged #ThrowbackDataThursday on Tableau Public. See this Data.World profile for the data:

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Sports Viz Sunday

Is sports data your thing? The community has you covered. Once a month Simon Beaumont, Spencer Baucke and James Smith host a data visualization challenge based on a topical sports theme, regularly sharing updates from the sports visualization world and providing rich datasets across a wide range of sports. Be sure to explore the hashtag #SportsVizSunday on Tableau Public. To find out more and to download the latest sports data, visit the Sports Viz Sunday website:

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Project Health Viz

The right challenge for those who are interested in health data. As part of this initiative, Lindsay Betzendahl regularly shares fascinating health-related datasets on Data.World. Vizzes can be found by searching for #ProjectHealthViz on Tableau Public. See the project’s website for more information and Lindsay’s Data.World profile for the data.

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Viz for Social Good

Would you like to practice your data viz skills while working on a real-world project and making a real impact? Join one of the Viz for Social goods projects that are run together with different NGOs and mission-driven organizations from around the world. Founded by Chloe Tseng, the initiative is run by a global team of enthusiastic board members, dedicated volunteers, and local chapter leads. Vizzes can found on Tableau Public via the hashtag #VizForSocialGood.

To find out more, visit the Viz for Social good website:

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Iron Quest

Iron Quest is a monthly data visualization challenge that follows a similar format to the Tableau Iron Viz feeder competitions and that aims at getting people more confident with sourcing their own data and building vizzes that focus on the Iron Viz judging criteria (design, storytelling and analysis). Participants have a calendar month to find a suitable data set and then design, build and submit a data visualization. You can opt-in to receive feedback from organizer Sarah Bartlett and other guest hosts. You can keep track of submissions via this dashboard or by searching for the hashtag #IronQuest on Tableau Public. Instructions on how to participate can be found on Sarah’s blog:

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Preppin' Data

Before you can look for a story in the data and then publish a visualization to Tableau Public, you will often have to clean, transform, or aggregate your data first. Carl Allchin and Jonathan Allenby set a new challenge every week that helps you learn more about self-service data preparation using Tableau Prep Builder. Find out more about Preppin’ Data on their blog:

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The #SWDchallenge is a monthly challenge where you can practice and apply data visualization and storytelling skills. Participants have a week to find data, create and share their visual and related commentary. #SWDchallenge is organized by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic and the team at storytelling with data. On Tableau Public you can find related vizzes with the hashtag #SWDchallenge. Go to the storytelling with data website to get started:

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#TheSDGVizProject is a monthly challenge where participants visualize data related to 1 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Each month, the project focuses on a different goal and organizers Vinodh Kumar, Jacqui Moore, and Brian Moore, share a variety of data sets from the United Nations and The Centre for Humanitarian Data that are related to that month’s goal. Vizzes for this project can be found by searching the #TheSDGVizProject hashtag on Tableau Public and the datasets are available on the project’s Data.World site. For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals and how to participate visit the project's web site below.

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Tableau Wannabe Podcast

Hosted by Tableau Ambassadors Matt Francis and Emily Kund, the Tableau WannaBe podcast features interviews and discussion with members of the Tableau community. Aired typically on a monthly basis.

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In this podcast, David Murphy interviews guests from the data viz community to get to know them and their top data visualizations a little better. You’ll pick up their tips & tricks, learn what motivates them, how they’ve improved and have some fun.

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Hosted by Tableau Zen Masters Ann Jackson and Luke Stanke, this bespoke video podcast focuses on all facets of analytics and data as a profession. During each episode, Ann and Luke narrow in on a specific topic, be it Tableau Public's Iron Viz contest, a special guest, or challenges faced in their day jobs.

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Social Media & More

Tableau Zen Masters & Ambassadors on Twitter

Much of the data conversation happens on social media! If you’re on Twitter, you can follow this list of Tableau Zen Masters and this list of Tableau Ambassadors.

Tableau Follow Friday

The #TableauFF hashtag is used by the Tableau community on Twitter to help highlight and recognize new Tableau Public authors and their work, encouraging others in the community to follow.

Best of the Tableau Web

Many Tableau users share their insights, learning and personal development along their Tableau journey on their own personal blogs. There are too many to list here, but a good starting point is this selection by Tableau’s Technical Evangelist, Andy Cotgreave.

Additional Resources from Tableau Public

Embark on a journey through space and time with this #VizOfTheDay by Jarsolav Tomcala. Uncover insights about the Star Wars and Star Trek sagas—including IMDb ratings, box office numbers, and budgets.

Visit Discover

Behind the Viz: Adedamola (Damola) Ladipo shares his favorite Tableau trick

Get to know your fellow Tableau Public authors with Behind the Viz, a blog series where we explore the people and processes behind our featured vizzes.
More blog posts
Communities & Resources

Community & Resources

Explore resources to help you get started, or kick your visualizations up a notch.

Learn More