Add context and interactivity to your data using actions. Users interact with your visualizations 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 neighborhood, you could use actions to display relevant information for a selected neighborhood. 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 neighborhood. For related information and examples, see A Rough Guide to Dashboard Actions(Link opens in a new window) on the Tableau Public blog.
Watch a Video: To see related concepts demonstrated in Tableau, watch the free training video Dashboard Interactivity Using Actions(Link opens in a new window) (5:43 minutes). Use your tableau.com(Link opens in a new window) account to sign in.
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 coloring 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.