Build Data Views from Scratch

This section describes the various features at your disposal and tasks related to building visualizations in Tableau.

Every view that you build in Tableau should start with a question. What do you want to know? Every time you drag a field into the view or onto a shelf, you are asking a question about the data. The question will vary depending on where you drag various fields, the types of fields, and the order in which you drag fields into the view.

For every question you ask about your data, the marks in your viz update to represent the answer visually—with shapes, text, size, color, headers, axes, hierarchies, or table structures.

For information on building and viewing visualizations on the web, see Use Tableau on the Web.

Looking for a data set to work with? Check out our tips to find good data sets(Link opens in a new window).

For a 6-minute walkthrough on building data views, see the Getting Started with Visual Analytics(Link opens in a new window) free training video. Use your account to sign in.

For an in-depth, 25-minute walkthrough of the Tableau environment, see the Getting Started(Link opens in a new window) free training video. To view more training and introductory videos, go to Free Training Videos(Link opens in a new window) on the Tableau website.

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