Add context and interactivity to your data using actions. Users interact with your visualisations by selecting marks, or hovering, or clicking a menu, and the actions you set up can respond with navigation and changes in the view.

For example, in a dashboard showing home sales by neighbourhood, you could use actions to display relevant information for a selected neighbourhood. Selecting a neighborhood in one view can trigger an action that highlights the related houses in a map view, filters a list of the houses sold, then opens an external web page showing census data for the neighbourhood. For related information and examples, see A Rough Guide to Dashboard Actions(Link opens in a new window) on the Tableau Public blog.

Here's how you use the different types of actions:

  • Filter. Use the data from one view to filter data in another to help guide analysis.

  • Highlight. Call attention to marks of interest by colouring specific marks and dimming all others.

  • Go to URL. Create hyperlinks to external resources, such as a web page, file or another Tableau worksheet.

  • Go to Sheet. Simplify navigation to other worksheets, dashboards or stories.

  • Change Parameter. Let users change parameter values by directly interacting with marks on a viz.

  • Change Set Values. Let users change the values in a set by directly interacting with marks on a viz.

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