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Tableau For Dummies
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Make your data work for you!

Tableau For Dummies brings order to the chaotic world of data. Understanding your data and organizing it into formats and visualizations that make sense to you are crucial to making a real impact on your business with the information that's already at your fingertips. This easy-to-use reference explores the user interface, and guides you through the process of connecting your data sources to the software. Additionally, this approachable, yet comprehensive text shows you how to use graphs, charts, and other images to bring visual interest to your data, how to create dashboards from multiple data sources, and how to export the visualizations that you have developed into multiple formats that translate into positive change for your business.

The mission of Tableau Software is to grant you access to data that, when put into action, will help you build your company. Learning to use the data available to you helps you make informed, grounded business decisions that can spell success for your company.

  • Navigate the user interface to efficiently access the features you need
  • Connect to various spreadsheets, databases, and other data sources to create a multi-dimensional snapshot of your business
  • Develop visualizations with easy to use drag and drop features
  • Start building your data with templates and sample workbooks to spark your creativity and help you organize your information
  • Tableau For Dummies is a step-by-step resource that helps you make sense of the data landscape—and put your data to work in support of your business.

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  • Navigate the user interface to efficiently access the features you need
  • Connect to various spreadsheets, databases, and other data sources to create a multi-dimensional snapshot of your business
  • Develop visualizations with easy to use drag and drop features
  • Start building your data with templates and sample workbooks to spark your creativity and help you organize your information
  • Tableau For Dummies is a step-by-step resource that helps you make sense of the data landscape—and put your data to work in support of your business.

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    Introduction 1

    About This Book 1

    Part I: Getting Started with Tableau Desktop 1

    Part II: Bringing in Data 2

    Part III: Analyzing Data 2

    Part IV: Publishing and Sharing 2

    Part V: Advancing to a Higher Level 2

    Part VI: The Part of Tens 2

    Conventions Used in This Book 2

    Foolish Assumptions 3

    Icons Used in This Book 3

    Beyond the Book 4

    Where to Go from Here 4

    Part I: Getting Started with Tableau Desktop 5

    Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction to Tableau Desktop 7

    Starting with Tableau 7

    Downloading the Tableau trial 8

    Installing the trial software 8

    Looking at the Tableau Workspace 10

    Starting Tableau 10

    Viewing a sample workbook or data source 11

    Seeing what Tableau can really do 14

    Chapter 2: Seeing What You Can Do with Tableau 17

    Analyzing Data 17

    Looking back at data analysis 17

    Connecting to your data in Tableau 18

    Understanding Tableau worksheets 21

    Starting to analyze data 23

    Enhancing the analysis 24

    Creating Dashboards 30

    Telling the Story 33

    Chapter 3: Understanding the Basics 35

    Getting to Know the Tableau Desktop Environment 35

    Looking at the Tableau Start page 36

    Understanding the Data Source Page 37

    Using worksheets to explore data 38

    Getting to know the Dashboard workspace 40

    Understanding the Story workspace 42

    Connecting to Your Data 43

    Editing your data source 43

    Replacing a data source 46

    Working with Dimensions and Measures 49

    Understanding dimensions 49

    Understanding measures 50

    Choosing Chart Types 51

    Modifying Your View 54

    Part II: Bringing in Data 57

    Chapter 4: Understanding Data Connections 59

    Understanding Data Sources 59

    Considering how data is stored 59

    Using file-based data sources 61

    Understanding Different Editions of Tableau Desktop 61

    Considering Live Data versus Data Extracts 62

    Chapter 5: Connecting to Data 67

    Preparing Your Data 67

    Using the data preparation features 68

    Targeting data sources for manual corrections 70

    Establishing a Connection to Your Data Source 71

    Keeping Your Data Fresh 73

    Chapter 6: Visualizing Data 75

    Using the Shelves and Cards 75

    The Columns shelf 76

    The Rows shelf 78

    Using a quick filter to exclude data 80

    The Filters shelf 84

    Pages shelf 88

    Marks card 90

    Modifying the View 93

    Fitting the space 93

    Adding annotations 94

    Adding mark labels 96

    Part III: Analyzing Data 97

    Chapter 7: Understanding the Tableau Desktop Environment 99

    Looking at the Menus 99

    File menu 100

    Data menu 101

    Worksheet menu 103

    Dashboard menu 104

    Story menu 105

    Analysis menu 105

    Map menu 108

    Format menu 108

    Server menu 109

    Window menu 111

    Help menu 112

    Making Use of the Toolbar 113

    Organizing Sheets 115

    Chapter 8: Considering Data Display Options 119

    Using Show Me 119

    Understanding the Chart Options in Show Me 120

    Area charts (continuous) 120

    Area charts (discrete) 121

    Box-and-whisker plot 121

    Bullet graphs 123

    Circle views 123

    Dual combination 124

    Dual lines 124

    Filled maps 126

    Gantt 126

    Heat maps 127

    Highlight tables 127

    Histogram 128

    Horizontal bars 128

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