Create Workbooks with Salesforce Data

You can quickly author and analyse Salesforce data in Tableau. Sign in to Salesforce directly from your Tableau Online site and select the clouds you want to explore. Tableau integrates your Salesforce data to create a project with ready-to-use starter workbooks and data sources – choose to explore them on your own or share them with other users on your site.

What’s included with the Salesforce project

The Salesforce project includes starter workbooks and data sources, all built using your Salesforce data. Use the starter workbooks to quickly answer questions and gain insight into your Sales and Service Clouds.

Sales Cloud

Connect to Sales Cloud to visualise your sales funnel and better support your sales team.

Includes starter workbooks for: Account Tracking, Open Pipeline, Opportunity Overview, Opportunity Tracking, Quarterly Sales Results, Top Accounts and Marketing Leads.

Service Cloud

Connect to Service Cloud to analyse and explore your critical service metrics and cases.

Includes starter workbooks for: Service Overview and Case Tracking.

Connect to Salesforce

Connecting to your Salesforce data is simple. Once you sign in and select the Clouds to explore, Tableau creates a new project and publishes workbooks and data sources on your site. When the publishing process is complete, you can edit the resulting workbooks(Link opens in a new window) just like any other, quickly customising them for your needs.

To connect to Salesforce, you must be a site administrator with the Site Administrator Creator site role. For more information, see Set Users’ Site Roles.

  1. Sign in to your Tableau Online site as an administrator, and select Settings > Integrations.

  2. On the Integrations tab, click Connect to Salesforce Data and complete prompts to authorise access to Salesforce.

  3. In the Connect to Salesforce dialog window, select the Clouds you want to explore.

  4. Specify a name and initial permissions for the project. You can set permissions for Only administrators or choose to Inherit permissions from the Default project. For more information, see Permissions.

  5. Review your selections and click Publish.

At this point, you’ve created a new project and published starter workbooks. While Tableau prepares extracts of your Salesforce data, sample data appears in the workbooks so you can explore the layout. You’ll receive an email when your Salesforce data is refreshed and added to the workbooks.

Note: Depending on the size of your data source, it may take some time to create extracts. You can view the status of your Salesforce extracts on the Background Tasks for Extracts administrative view.

To see your project and other content you have access to, from the navigation menu, click Explore.

Use existing Salesforce credentials

If you've already connected to Salesforce, you can use existing credentials to create additional starter workbooks.

From the Integrations tab, click Connect to Salesforce Data, and select the Salesforce credentials you want to use from the drop-down menu. Tableau creates a new project every time workbooks publish on your site.

Note: Workbooks will publish on the site with your Salesforce credentials embedded. All users with permission to view the workbook will be able to see data based on these credentials.

Schedule refreshes to keep data fresh

To make sure you see the latest information when viewing workbooks or connecting to data sources, you’ll need to schedule refreshes. By default, the Salesforce data extracts created when publishing starter workbooks will not refresh automatically. For more information about refresh schedules, see Schedule Refreshes on Tableau Online.

Follow the steps below to schedule extract refreshes:

  1. In Tableau Online, navigate to the project containing your Salesforce content.

  2. Select the data source you want to refresh, click Actions and choose Refresh Extracts...

  3. In the Create Extract Refresh dialog window, select the Refresh Type and Refresh Frequency, and click Create.


You’re automatically subscribed to Salesforce workbooks and will receive notification emails every time the data is refreshed. If you want to update your subscription preferences, see Create a Subscription to a View or Workbook.

Change permissions for projects, workbooks and data sources

After connecting to your Salesforce data, you can choose how users interact with the Salesforce project, workbooks and data sources published on your site. Permissions are a great way to make sure the right users have access to the starter content and enable them to build workbooks of their own. For more information about configuring permissions on your site, see Permissions.

Create workbooks in Tableau Online

With your Salesforce data sources, you can create new workbooks through web authoring in Tableau Online or use Ask Data to query and create visualisations automatically.

Fix greyed-out views by replacing field names

If your organisation has customised the data structure of your Salesforce data, you may need to match those changes in the starter workbooks after your data loads in them. For example, if your organisation has renamed the Salesforce “Account” field to “Customer”, you'll need to make a corresponding change in workbooks to avoid greyed-out views like this:

To fix greyed-out views:

  1. Above the dashboard, click Edit.

  2. Navigate directly to the greyed-out sheet.

  3. In the Data pane at the left, look for red exclamation marks (!) next to field names, which indicate that your organisation uses different names.

  4. Right-click each of those fields, and choose Replace References. Then select the correct field name from the list.

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