Language and Locale

Tableau Desktop is localised into several languages.

When you first run Tableau, it recognises your computer locale and uses the appropriate language if it's supported. If you're using an unsupported language, the application defaults to English.

Set a language

You can configure Tableau to display the user interface (menus, messages, etc.) by choosing Help > Choose Language. After you change this setting, you must restart the application for the changes to take effect. You don't need to change this setting for every workbook.

Help menu > Choose Language > language selection menu

Set a locale

To configure date and number formatting, choose File > Workbook Locale. By default, the locale is set to Automatic, which means the locale matches the locale when the workbook is opened. This can be useful if you're authoring a workbook that will be viewed in many different languages and you want the dates and numbers to update accordingly. When you select a specific locale, the workbook doesn't change regardless of who opens it.

Tableau checks the following, in order, to determine the workbook locale:

  1. Workbook Locale (explicit setting)
  2. Windows Locale or Mac language
  3. Tableau Language

If none of the above are set, then the workbook locale defaults to English.

Day of the Week Sorting

You should set your workbook locale so Tableau can sort the days of the week in the correct chronological order. Otherwise, Tableau sorts the names of the days alphabetically. If locales are appropriate, you can sort the days of the week manually. See Sort Data in a Visualisation(Link opens in a new window).

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