If you've ever written an executive summary of your Tableau dashboard, then you know it can be time-consuming. It takes time to choose which insights to share, and you have to rewrite your summaries each time the data is updated. Tableau Data Stories automatically generates narrative insights within your dashboard, saving time and surfacing relevant insights. As you explore the vizzes in your dashboard, the stories written by Data Stories adjust, allowing you to dive deeper into data and identify key insights faster.

From where you're already working in Tableau, you can quickly add the Data Story object to your dashboard. And you can customize the terms and metrics used in your story, so Data Stories speaks the language used by your business.

Today, you can create a Tableau Data Story in English in both Tableau Desktop and Tableau Cloud. After you create your story, you can also view your Data Story in Tableau Mobile.

Understand how Data Stories handles data

To write Data Stories, Tableau uses a cloud-hosted service. When you Add a Tableau Data Story to a Dashboard, Tableau sends associated worksheet data to Tableau Cloud, in compliance with the security standards outlined in Security in the Cloud. Data Stories can be written from the Tableau Desktop and Web Authoring experience, Tableau Desktop, and web-based dashboard viewing.

Manage Data Stories for your site

Tableau administrators can choose whether Tableau Data Stories are available for their site. Data Stories are turned on by default.

  1. Sign into your Tableau site.
  2. From the left pane, choose Settings.
  3. From the General tab, scroll to the Availability of Data Stories section.
  4. Choose whether you want to Turn on or Turn off Data Stories.

Note: If Data Stories are turned off, then turning the feature back on restores Data Stories that were already in dashboards.

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