Keyboard access for Tableau views

Users sent a link to a WCAG-conformant view or workbook in Tableau Online or Tableau Server can interact and explore using commonly supported WAI-ARIA standards for keyboard navigation. The following keyboard navigation also applies to embedded views.

All components

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus to next navigation component

Tab

Move focus to previous navigation component Shift+Tab
Button activation Space or Enter

To skip the navigation panel and toolbar, select Skip to Content.

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus to next component in navigation panel. Tab
Move focus to next item in toolbar. Right
Move focus to previous item in toolbar. Left

Activate the selected toolbar button.

Enter
Escape toolbar button window.  
In a toolbar button window, move focus between components. Tab
In a toolbar button window, move focus for drop-down menus. Arrow keys
Choose a new menu item from drop-down menus. Enter
Move focus between people or groups in a user selection box. Up/Down
Delete or remove additions in a selected toolbar window. Delete

Custom Views toolbar window

What to do

Keystrokes

Rename custom view

Ctrl+R

Set default custom view Ctrl+D
Make visible to others toggle on/off Ctrl+P
Delete selected custom view Windows: Delete
Mac OS: Fn+Delete

Sheet tabs

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus to previous

Left/Up

Move focus to next Right/Down
Navigate to the focused tab Enter

Legends

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus to previous Up
Move focus to next Down
(Single column) move focus to previous, (Multi-column) move focus to left Left
(Single column) move focus to next, (Multi-column) move focus to right Right
Move focus to first item Home
Move focus to last item End
Toggle item selection Space

Toggle highlighting on and off

Note: This is the keyboard equivalent of Highlight Selected Items.

Enter

Clear all item selections

Note: To view legend item text with more contrast, select individual legend items, and then toggle highlighting on and off.

Esc

Filters

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus to previous item Left/Up
Move focus to next item Right/Down
Move focus to first item Home
Move focus to last item End
Toggle selection (check/clear checkboxes, select/ clear radio buttons) Space
Apply changes, if Cancel or Apply buttons available Enter
Revert changes to default settings. Esc

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus from filter item to filter control buttons (search, Single Value (List)/Multiple Values (List), Single Value (Dropdown)/Multiple Values (Dropdown), Include/Exclude Values). Press Space to click a button. Shift+Tab
Move focus to in the drop-down menu Arrow keys
Choose a menu item Enter
Press on search button and enter search terms Space
Press to clear search input. Press Esc again to dismiss Search. Esc

View Data Window

What to do

Keystrokes

Move focus from filter item to filter control buttons (search, Single Value (List)/Multiple Values (List), Single Value (Dropdown)/Multiple Values (Dropdown), Include/Exclude Values). Press Space to click a button. Shift+Tab
Clear mark selections Esc

Show the View Data window when the view has the focus

Note:  The screen reader you are using might require some combination of modifier keys (Shift, Ctrl, Alt, Cmd) in conjunction with Enter. See the documentation for your screen reader.

Enter, or press Ctrl + Shift + Enter
Move within table Arrow keys
Move focus to download data link in the window. Press Enter to navigate to link. Tab

Example: Navigate a view in Tableau Online or Tableau Server

This example shows how you can navigate and interact with a view using keyboard navigation.

  1. When you first open a link to a view in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, press Tab to move the focus to view page.

    Press Enter to select Skip to Content. This lets you skip over the navigation panel and toolbar right to the view page.

    In a workbook that has multiple sheet tabs, press the arrow keys to move focus between the tabs. Then press Enter or the spacebar to open a specific view.

    1. Press Tab to move focus to the visualization area.

      This image shows the visualization area in a sheet. A blue border indicates the focus.

      When the visualization has the focus, screen readers will treat the visualization area as a graphic. Screen readers will identify the workbook that contains the view, and read the view's title and captions.

  2. Navigate to filters and legends in the view by pressing Tab.

    To change a filter setting, press Tab to move focus to the filter, and then press the arrow keys to move between items.

    • Press Space to toggle item selections. Press Enter to apply filter changes. Press Esc to revert changes to the default settings.
    • Press Enter to apply filter changes. Press Esc to revert changes to the default settings.

    To highlight legend items, press Tab to move focus to the legend, and then press the arrow keys to move between items.

    • Press Space to toggle item selections.

      Note: To view legend item text with more contrast, select individual legend items, and then toggle highlighting on and off.

    • Press Enter to highlight the selected legend items in the view. Press Enter again to turn off highlighting.
    • Press Esc to clear all item selections.

    See the table of keystrokes at the beginning of this article for the list of keystroke options for legends and filters.

  3. To access underlying data that can be read by your screen reader, tab the focus to the the visualization area and then press Enter or press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

    Note: Your screen reader may require some combination of modifier keys (Shift, Ctrl, Alt, Cmd) in conjunction with Enter. See the documentation for your screen reader for details.

    An example of the table shown in the Summary tab of the View Data window

    The View Data window opens in a new browser window.

    The View Data window includes a link to download the raw data as a text file. The Summary tab lists the data that is currently selected in the view, or all data in the view if no data is selected. To clear selected data in the view, press Esc.

    Use keyboard navigation for table items to move through the data.

  4. To access buttons in the toolbar, tab the focus to the toolbar area and then use the right arrow to move to the next toolbar button.

    Press Enter to activate the Comments button on the toolbar.

    To add a comment, tab to the Add a comment field and type in your comment. To add a snapshot to your comment, use tab to move the focus to the snapshot button. Select Enter to add a snapshot, and tab to the Post button. Press Enter to add the comment.

    Select Tab to move through options in the button's window, including exiting the window.

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