Tour Your Tableau Site
When you sign in to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, the first page you see looks similar to the following example. The Home page gives you quick access to newly added favorites, recently visited views, and recommended content.
Note: You might see additional features if your site has the Data Management Add-on, which includes Tableau Catalog and Tableau Prep Conductor. When Tableau Catalog is enabled, you can access the External Assets section, view data lineage information, and more. When Tableau Prep Conductor is enabled, flows from Tableau Prep Builder can be published to your site. To learn more, see Use the Data Management Add-on.
To see all of the content you have access to across your Tableau site, from the navigation pane, click Explore. Your site role and permissions determine the content that you can see and the options that are available.
- A - Site picker (available if you have access to more than one site)
- B - Content type menu
- C - Quick search
- D - Your content and settings
- E - Filters
By default, Explore shows Top-Level Projects. To see other types of content, select them from the drop-down menu.
Projects provide a way to organize the content on your site. Top-level projects can contain other (nested) projects, forming a hierarchy that you navigate like the file system on your computer.
When you open a project, you see all of the content that project contains on a single page, including any nested projects.
To see only specific content types, click the Content Type drop-down menu and select the content types you want to see. You can select the Show Workbooks as Views option to see all of the individual views within a workbook displayed on the project page.
A workbook page shows the views included in the workbook, the data sources used by the workbook, and any metrics created from the views in the workbook. It also provides a list of user subscriptions to either the workbook or to individual views.
For more information about creating workbooks, see Creators: Get Started with Web Authoring.
A view page displays options for interacting with the view, including sharing, subscribing, and editing. The options available in the toolbar vary depending on the site configuration and your permissions.
When a workbook is published from Tableau Desktop with the Show sheets as tabs option selected, you can see each sheet by clicking the tabs below the view toolbar.
Tip Views you have recently visited appear on your Recents page.
For more information about working with views, see What Can I Do with a Tableau Web View?.
A metric page shows the current value for the metric, the time the metric last refreshed, and details about the metric, such as the owner, description, and definition. If the metric has a date dimension as part of its definition, it will show a timeline that displays historical values for the metric.
For more information about metrics, see Create and Troubleshoot Metrics.
A data source page shows connections to databases or file-based data, as well as the workbooks connected to the data source. If the data source is an extract, the page shows scheduled extract refreshes.
You can use Ask Data to investigate your data right from the data source page. Type a question and instantly get a visualization as an answer. For more information, see Automatically Build Views with Ask Data.
When viewing a list of data sources, to see connection and authentication details, from the Show As menu, select Connections.
A data role page shows custom data roles published to your site or server. You can create custom data roles in Tableau Prep Builder using the field values in your data set and publish them to Tableau Server or Tableau Online to share with others. You can use data roles to validate field values when cleaning your data.
For more information about creating and using data roles to clean data, see Use Data Roles to Validate Your Data(Link opens in a new window) in the Tableau Prep online help.
A flow page allows you to schedule flows to run automatically to update flow output data. To see and work with flows, you must have the Data Management Add-on, and Tableau Prep Conductor must be enabled.
For more information about working with flows, see Keep Flow Data Fresh in the Tableau Prep help.
You can display content as a list or as a grid of thumbnails by clicking the View As icons.
Here's the list view:
In list view:
- indicates a project
- indicates a workbook
- indicates a view
- indicates a metric
- indicates a data source
- indicates a data role
- indicates a flow
And here's the grid view:
In grid view, you can hover over thumbnails to see details about the content.
To sort items, click the Sort By drop-down menu. You can sort by characteristics such as name, owner, number of views, and creation date.
This example shows the sort options for number of page views.
You can also sort a list by clicking the column heading. An arrow indicates the order: ascending (up arrow) or descending (down arrow).
Each site on Tableau Server and Tableau Online has a name and an ID.
On Tableau Server, if only one site exists, that site is named Default. When you’re signed in to the Default site, the browser URL looks something like this:
If you have access to multiple sites, you select one when you sign in.
On Tableau Online or an instance of Tableau Server running multiple sites, the browser URL includes #/site/ followed by the site ID. If the URL doesn't include /site, then you’re signed in to the Default site.
The following URL shows an on-premises Tableau Server site whose site ID is finance:
Once signed in, you can navigate to another site by selecting it from the site picker. If you have access to only one site, you will not see the site picker.