Animate visualizations to better highlight changing patterns in your data, reveal spikes and outliers, and see how data points cluster and separate.
Animations visually transition between filter, sort, and zoom settings, different pages, and changes to filter, parameter, and set actions. As visualizations animate in response to these changes, viewers can more clearly see how data differs, helping them make better informed decisions.
Understanding simultaneous and sequential animations
When you author animations, you can choose between two different styles: simultaneous or sequential. Here are examples of each type.
The default simultaneous animations are faster and work well when showing value changes in simpler charts and dashboards.
Sequential animations take more time but make complex changes clearer by presenting them step-by-step.
Animate visualizations in a workbook
Choose Format > Animations.
If you want to animate every sheet, under Workbook Default, click On. Then do the following:
For Duration, choose a preset, or specify a custom duration of up to 10 seconds.
For Style, choose Simultaneous to play all animations at once or Sequential to fade out marks, move and sort them, and then fade them in.
To override workbook defaults for a particular sheet, change the settings under Selected Sheet.
Note: In the Selected Sheet section, “(Default)” indicates a setting that automatically reflects the related Workbook Default setting.
Reset animation settings for a workbook
You can reset animations to return an entire workbook to the default animation settings. Be aware that this turns animations off by default.
Choose Format > Animations.
At the bottom of the Animations pane, click Reset All.
Completely disable all animations
If you find animations distracting while viewing vizzes, you can completely disable them so they never play. (This isn't a system-wide setting; each user needs to apply it separately.)
In Tableau Desktop, choose Help > Settings and Performance, and deselect Enable Animations.
In Tableau Online or Tableau Server, click your profile image or initials in the top right corner of the browser, and choose My Account Settings. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page, deselect Enable animations, and click Save Changes.
Note: When animations are disabled, you can still choose Format > Animations in authoring mode and adjust settings—but they will have no effect.
Unsupported browsers and features
Animations are supported by all web browsers except Internet Explorer. In any browser, animations won't play if a viz is server-rendered. To ensure that vizzes render on a client computer or mobile device, authors can reduce viz complexity, or Tableau Server administrators can increase the complexity threshold for client-side rendering.
The following Tableau features don't animate:
Maps and density marks in web browsers
Pie, polygon, and text marks
Axes and headers
Forecasts, trends, and reference lines
Note: On computers with lower processing power, animations may appear choppy, but users can continue to interact with vizzes without any delays in responsiveness.