What's New in Tableau

Browse summaries of new features for currently supported versions.

Added in version 2019.4

Install and Deploy Tableau

Share usage data with Tableau

Tableau collects data that helps us learn how our products are being used so we can improve existing features and develop new ones. All usage data is collected and handled according to the Tableau Privacy Policy. But you can opt out if you don't want to participate.

The opt out option has changed. Usage data collection is enabled by default. If you don't want to participate, select the Don't send product usage data check box from the installer or Customize installer (MacOS) dialog or from the Help menu after installation.

For more information, see Turn off usage reporting in the Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Deployment Guide.

Default database drivers no longer automatically installed for MacOS

When installing Tableau Desktop on Mac, we only install the PostgreSQL database driver automatically. If you need other drivers to connect to your data, you can install them from the Driver Download page.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Support added for six data connectors

Use the following connectors to connect Tableau to your data:

Support added for connector plugins

You can connect to data using connectors created with the Tableau Connector SDK. For more information, see Connector Plugins Built with the Tableau Connector SDK For information about the Tableau Connector SDK, see the Tableau Connector SDK on GitHub.

Convert an SAP HANA level hierarchy in Tableau

When you connect Tableau to an SAP HANA calculation view with a level hierarchy, the structure of the SAP HANA level hierarchy appears in the Data pane. If you want to modify the SAP HANA level hierarchy in Tableau, you need to convert it to a user hierarchy. For more information, see Convert an SAP HANA level hierarchy to a user hierarchy.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Author tables with up to 50 columns and scroll horizontally

Now you can author wide tables with up to 50 columns. In addition, wide tables with discrete fields can now be scrolled horizontally.

To change the maximum number of row and horizontal row labels, authors must use the Table Options dialog box in Tableau Desktop.

For more details, see Define Table Structure. Also, see this post on 50-column tables from Tableau Public Ambassador Marc Reid on the datavis.blog.

More data considered by Explain Data

Explain Data now analyzes unvisualized measures in your data source that might impact the value of a mark. Explanations show the relationship between the target measure and the unvisualized measure for all marks in the source visualization.

Calculated fields with aggregation type AGG (such as ratio calculations) can now be analyzed. For all unvisualized dimension and measure explanations, unvisualized calculated fields are considered as candidates for explanations.

Go from a sheet to related dashboards and stories

To quickly go to dashboards and stories a sheet appears in, right-click the sheet tab and open the new Used in menu. Think of this as a companion to the Go to Sheet command available from dashboards and stories. Using the two features together, you can quickly optimize sheet designs and data to better fit dashboard layouts and story points.

For more information, see Navigate between sheets, dashboards, and stories.

Easily identify and select parent layout containers

From the menu for each dashboard object, customized names for parent layout containers now appear, letting you easily identify and select them.

For more information, see Group items using layout containers.

Automatically add phone layouts to existing dashboards

To automatically create phone layouts whenever you open old dashboards that lack them, choose Dashboard > Add Phone Layouts to Existing Dashboards.

For more information, see Automatically add phone layouts.

Ensure data security with Sandboxed dashboard extensions

New Sandboxed dashboard extensions run in a protected environment without access to any other resource or service on the web. As an author, you can quickly incorporate Sandboxed extensions into dashboards because they don't require approval from your Tableau administrator.

To see all the available Sandboxed extensions, go to extensiongallery.tableau.com.

For more information, see Use Dashboard Extensions.

Enhancements to Nested Sorting

Perform a Nested Sort on discrete measures and dimensions with the same ease you've come to expect from Tableau Desktop's Nested Sort feature.

Improved work flow when using WMS or Mapbox background maps

Add Mapbox or Web Map Service background maps to your visualization with the new, streamlined maps dialog. Each background map is now accessible directly from the Background Maps menu.

For more information, see Use Web Map Service (WMS) Servers or Use Mapbox Maps.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web

Discover recommended views

The new Recommendations page on Tableau Server and Tableau Online recommends views for you to explore. Recommendations help you find useful content on your site that you might not otherwise encounter. For more information, see Discover Recommended Views on Your Tableau Site.

Recommendations

Choose from categories of suggestions for Ask Data

To help you quickly answer questions with Ask Data, we've grouped suggestions into four categories: Basic Data Analysis, Date and Time, Filters, and Viz Types. These suggestions make a great starting point for your analysis, which you can easily later revise as needed.

For more information, see Automatically Build Views with Ask Data.

Share links to Ask Data vizzes

You can quickly share Ask Data vizzes without even saving a sheet. Simply click the link icon above the query box, and copy a link viewable by anyone with access to the data source.

Compare differences over time with Ask Data

Ask Data now lets you compare time periods with phrases like “year over year”, “quarter over quarter”, or similar comparisons by month, week, or day. Differences can be expressed in either absolute figures or as a percentage.

For more information, see Compare differences over time.

See optimized sheets on phones

When you view individual sheets on a mobile phone, Tableau automatically displays a vertical arrangement of filters, legends, and other cards.

Edit Tooltips on the web

You can now format, edit, and use tooltips when editing your workbooks on the web using the same process you've learned in Tableau Desktop.

For more information, see Format Titles, Captions, Tooltips, and Legends.

Customize maps on the web with Map Layers

Map layers allow you to customize the appearance of your map using Tableau's web editing features.

For more information, see Customize How Your Map Looks.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Share content quickly via your Tableau site

New sharing functionality lets you share content with others via your Tableau site—no need to compose a separate email. Additionally, if you make modifications to a view, by selecting filters or marks, those changes will now be captured when you share. For more information, see Share Web Content.

Share menu option

Request access to content

You can now request access to content that you don't have permission to see a project, workbook, or view. When someone requests access, Tableau routes an email to the person who controls permissions for that content. For example, if a requested workbook is in a project where permissions are controlled at the project level (locked projects), the project owner receives an email with information about the request, a link to the requested content, and instructions about how to grant access or manage permissions.

For more information on access options, see Manage Web Items

Accessibility improvements for Viewers in Tableau Online and Tableau Server

When you select a link to a view or workbook in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, you can use a screen reader or keyboard to navigate toolbar menus for collaboration, interact with an accessible view, or use the "Skip to Content" option to skip past the navigation panel and toolbar and jump straight to the view. This update also adds a focus indicator for keyboard navigation. Previously, views needed to be embedded for the experience to be accessible at this level. For more information, see Keyboard access for Tableau views or see FAQ: Accessibility for Tableau’s Accessibility Conformance Reports (VPATs) for Tableau 2019.4.

Added in previous versions

Added in version 2019.3

Support added for Italian

Tableau has added support for Italian. You can now set Tableau to display the user interface in one of eleven languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

For more information, see Set your display language for Tableau Desktop or Change language and locale for Tableau Online and Tableau Server.

In addition to supporting Italian in all Tableau products, the help is also available in these languages. To read the help in your preferred language, navigate to the bottom of the main Tableau Help page, and select the language from the footer.

Menu of language options

Help Design

Provide feedback more easily

A blue Send feedback icon is displayed in the bottom right corner of every Help page to make it easier for you to send feedback about the content in a topic. Click the icon to let us know if a topic is helpful to you, and also to comment on what needs improvement.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Use database connections to perform cross-database joins

In past releases when performing cross-database joins between a file and a database, Tableau would pull all the data from the data sources into Hyper and perform the join there. Depending on the size of your data sets, this operation could take some time.

Now, to improve performance you can choose to allow Tableau to perform the join using the database that you are connected to instead. If you choose this option, Tableau decides which option is faster (Hyper or the connected database). If Tableau uses the connected database to perform the join, data from the file data source is copied into temporary tables in the connected database. Before selecting this option, make sure your database is from a trusted source.

To see this new option, in the Data Source tab, add one connection from a supported file type and one connection from a supported data source. The following file types and data sources and are supported for this release:

File types:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • PDF
  • Text files (.csv, .txt, .tsv or .tab)

Data sources:

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • Vertica

The Cross-database join option displays in the top right corner of the canvas. To change how cross-database joins are performed, click Edit.

In the Cross-Database Join dialog, select the option you want to use.

The selected option displays in the canvas. You can change your selection at any time. This option is available in Tableau Desktop and for web editing in Tableau Server.

For more information about configuring cross-database join processing options, see Improve performance for cross-database joins.

Connect to databases and tables with Tableau Catalog (Data Management Add-on required)

Tableau Catalog is available as part of the Data Management Add-on for Tableau Server and Tableau Online. When Tableau Catalog is enabled in your environment, in addition to connecting to published data sources on Tableau Server and Tableau Online, you can connect to databases and tables from Search for Data on Tableau Desktop. For more information, see Connect to Data by Using Tableau Server or Tableau Online. For information about Tableau Catalog, see "About Tableau Catalog" in the Tableau Server or Tableau Online Help.

Tableau Server moves up on the Connect pane with a new Search for Data page

In the Connect pane on Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server moves to the top of the pane, under Search for Data. Select Tableau Server to connect to Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

When you connect to Tableau Server 2019.3 or later, on the Search for Data page you can search for and select a published data source to connect to. When you have Tableau Catalog enabled in your environment (Data Management Add-on required), you can also search for and connect to databases and tables.

For more information, see Connect to Data by Using Tableau Server or Tableau Online. For information about Tableau Catalog, see "About Tableau Catalog" in the Tableau Server or Tableau Online Help.

Connect to spatial files on the web and other spatial connector improvements

Connect to spatial files when authoring on the web in Tableau Server or Tableau Online. As a Creator, you can upload spatial file formats that only require one file (.kml, .geojson, .topojson, and Esri shapefiles packaged in a .zip and Esri File Geodatabases with the extension .gdb.zip) in the Files tab when you create a new workbook and connect to data. In Tableau Desktop, you can now connect to shapefiles in a .zip folder and Esri File Geodatabase folders. For more information, see Creators: Connect to data on the web on the Web and Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files.

Connect to Databricks

Use the Databricks connector to connect Tableau to your Databricks database. For more information, see Databricks.

Improved connections to TabPy

Customers can enable basic authentication for TabPy, requiring usernames and passwords for connections. Logging improvements allow for more granular tracking of which users executed what code. For more information, see Pass Expressions to External Services.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Explore and inspect views with Explain Data

Inspect, uncover, and dig deeper into marks in a viz using Explain Data. Explain Data gives you a new window into your data by proposing statistical explanations for a selected mark, including potentially related data from the data source that isn't used in the current view.

Creators and Explorers with editing permissions can use Explain Data when editing a view in Desktop, or editing a view on the web in Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Explanations give you information and visualizations on the data points that might be affecting the mark value. You can then open visualizations for further exploration. For more information, see Inspect a View using Explain Data.

Create phone layouts with a streamlined workflow

To always create phone layouts for a workbook, select Dashboard > Add Phone Layouts to New Dashboards. (This command was previously labeled "Auto-Generate Phone Layouts".)

Click the new lock icon to quickly toggle between automatic and manual Phone layouts, which you can also select via the pop-up menu:

  • Auto-Generate Layout automatically synchronizes any changes to the Default dashboard, saving you time.

  • Edit Layout creates a layout that's fully independent from the Default dashboard, letting you manually add and arrange items.

    If you've chosen to edit a phone layout, select Optimize Layout to quickly optimize the placement of filters, remove white space, and more. (This command was previously labeled "Rearrange Layout".)

For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

Quickly switch between the ISO-8601 calendar and the standard Gregorian calendar

With Tableau 2019.3, you can now change between using the week-based ISO-8601 calendar and the standard Gregorian calendar from the Date Properties dialog.

The ISO-8601 week-based calendar can be used to create 4-4-5 Quarters, a way of splitting each quarter into segments of 4, 4, and 5 weeks, a popular system in financial and retail reporting.

For more information, see ISO-8601 Week-Based Calendar.

More aggregations available for parameter actions

Parameter actions now support concatenation, first quartile, and third quartile aggregations. Also, you can now create parameters while creating and editing a parameter action.

Use MAKEPOINT to convert projected coordinates into latitude/longitude

Convert projected coordinates into latitude and longitude values for use in spatial analysis and spatial joins. When created on live data sources, this function allows you to join your data with other spatial files using a calculated field, making it easy to create a data source for spatial analysis. For more information, see Spatial Functions and Join Spatial Files in Tableau .

Use DISTANCE to measure between points on a map

Calculate the distance between two related points on your map using the spatial function Distance. You can specify kilometers, miles, meters, or feet as the unit of measurement. This function can only be created with a live data source. For more information, see Spatial Functions.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web

Connect to databases and tables with Tableau Catalog when web authoring (Data Management Add-on required)

Tableau Catalog is available in the Data Management Add-on to Tableau Online and Tableau Server. When Tableau Catalog is enabled in your environment, in addition to navigating and connecting to published data sources from the On this site tab, you can connect to more kinds of data, like databases and tables. For more information, see Creators: Connect to data on the web. For more information about Tableau Catalog, see "About Tableau Catalog" in the Tableau Server or Tableau Online Help.

Embed Ask Data into web pages

After you ask a question with Ask Data, an Embed Code icon appears in the toolbar. Click it to copy code you can incorporate into any web page.

When web pages with Ask Data embedded in them load, Ask Data opens the data source without a viz, waiting for users to ask a question.

To see Ask Data embedded in a web page, users must have a Tableau license and permission to connect to the data source.

For more information, see Embed Ask Data in a web page.

Adjust relative date filters with Ask Data

To adjust a relative date filter with Ask Data, click words like “last”, “previous”, “next”, or “following”. For more information, see Customize fields and their data.

Show top and bottom outliers in context with Ask Data

When you specify numerical limits like “top 5 countries”, Ask Data now shows those outliers in the context of the complete list for a dimension.

For more information, see Numerical limits (top and bottom values).

Add synonyms for field values with Ask Data

If you're a data source owner or Tableau administrator, you previously were limited to adding synonyms for field names, but now you can add them for field values as well. For more information, see Add synonyms for field names and values.

Search your Tableau site with improved results

When you search on Tableau Online and Tableau Server, you can now view a full page of search results. These results are sectioned by type, and you can filter and sort the results for increased precision. For more information, see Search Your Tableau Site.

Search results page

Set context filters

You can now create context filters (Add to Context option in the Filters shelf) and dependent filters (Only Relevant Values option in a filter control shown in a view).

Save and Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Receive subscriptions as PDF attachments

Subscriptions email you a snapshot of your view or workbook at an interval you set, and now you can receive these snapshots as PDF attachments. To set up a subscription as a PDF, select Format > PDF or Image and PDF when creating a subscription in Tableau Online or Tableau Server. For more information see Create a Subscription to a View or Workbook

Create a PowerPoint file from selected workbook sheets

When you want to create a PowerPoint file from your Tableau workbook or dashboard, you can select which sheets and stories to include. Each selected sheet (or story point if exporting a story) becomes its own slide in the generated PowerPoint file. For more information, see Export Views and Workbooks.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Share more content types

Get an easy-to-share link for projects, workbooks, data sources, and flows, in addition to views, which you could previously share. For more information, see Share Web Content.

Share menu option

Added in version 2019.2

Customize Language

Select from ten different languages for Tableau

Tableau has added support for two new languages, Chinese (Traditional) and English (United Kingdom). You can now set Tableau to display the user interface in one of ten languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

For more information, see Set your display language for Tableau Desktop or Change language and locale for Tableau Online and Tableau Server.

In addition to supporting two new languages in all Tableau products, the help is also available in these languages. To read the help in your preferred language, navigate to the bottom of the main Tableau Help page, and select the language from the footer.

Menu of language options

Help Design

Provide feedback more easily

A blue Send feedback icon is displayed in the bottom right corner of every Help page to make it easier for you to send feedback about the content in a topic. Click the icon to let us know if a topic is helpful to you, and also to comment on what needs improvement.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Connect to PostgreSQL + PostGIS and Pivotal Greenplum + PostGIS spatial data

Use Tableau to connect to spatial data in Pivotal Greenplum or PostgreSQL with the PostGIS extension. With these new spatial connectors, you can use CustomSQL to filter and validate spatial data, or use RAWSQL_SPATIAL functions to return spatial objects for advanced spatial analysis. For more information, see Connect to Spatial Data in a Database.

Use features added to the Marketo connector

The Marketo connector includes these new features:

  • Use of the bulk API to retrieve data for the All Activities, Leads, and Leads by List - <list name> tables, thereby reducing the number of API calls.
  • Support for retrieving the number of API calls made using the Daily API Usage and Weekly API Usage tables so that you can monitor your API usage and not exceed your quota.
  • Access to all Marketo tables, enabling you to access data that was previously not available.

For information about the Marketo connector, see Marketo.

Connect to TabPy external services using SSL

In previous versions, SSL connections to TabPy were not supported. In Tableau Server 2019.2, you can configure SSL connections. Build visualizations using the Python language for advanced analytics and machine learning in a secure environment. TabPy can be hosted remotely from Tableau Server, and you can configure SSL connections to protect data in transit. For more information, see Pass Expressions to External Services.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Use parameter actions to set parameter values interactively

Use parameter actions to let your audience change a parameter value through direct interaction with a viz, such as clicking or selecting a mark. You can use parameter actions to drive reference lines, calculations, filters, and SQL queries. For more information, see Parameter Actions.

Parameter actions open up new possibilities for creating summary values and statistics without using calculations. You can set parameter actions to let users select multiple marks that are automatically aggregated into a single parameter value. For example, a parameter action could show the AVG(Sales) or COUNTD(Orders) for currently selected marks.

Pan, zoom, and explore with vector tile background maps

Maps in Tableau now use vector tiles for quicker geographic data exploring. Maps now appear sharper and smoother when you pan and zoom, and labels and icons dynamically resize or reshape to fit your view. The new vector tile maps replace the underlying technology that powers Tableau background maps for a smoother and crisper experience. The background cartography for Tableau maps has also been updated.

Customize how your map looks with new map styles and layers

You can customize how your Tableau map looks with three new built-in map styles: Streets, Satellite, and Outdoors. Each of these styles includes new map layer options, such as Points of Interest and Building Footprints, so that you can customize what information your analysis displays. For more information, see Customize How Your Map Looks.

Create spatial fields and use spatial joins with MakePoint

Turn latitude/longitude values from text files, excel, or other data sources into spatial fields with the function MakePoint. This function allows you to spatially join your lat/lon data by using a calculated field; making it easy to aggregate your data. For more information, see Spatial Functions and Join Spatial Files in Tableau .

Create origin-destination maps using MakeLine

Turn related points on your map into origin-destination maps using the spatial function MakeLine. For more information, see Spatial Functions.

Replace sheets in dashboards

You can quickly select a dashboard sheet and replace it with another, while retaining any padding, border, or background color, and your overall layout.

For more information, see Create a dashboard, and add or replace sheets.

Use text for navigation buttons in dashboards

Button objects let your audience navigate from one dashboard to another, or to other sheets or stories. Previously, these buttons could only display images, but now you can instead display text to indicate a button's destination.

For more information, see Detailed options for navigation buttons.

Show and hide floating containers in dashboards

Show/Hide buttons let dashboard viewers toggle the visibility of floating layout containers, revealing them only when necessary. These buttons are particularly helpful when you want to temporarily hide groups of filters to reveal more of a visualization.

For more information, see Show and hide floating containers by clicking a button.

Customize reference line tooltips

Add custom text and fields to reference line tooltips. For more information, see Reference Lines, Bands, Distributions, and Boxes.

Disable the sort icon

You can now disable the sort icon in a view, which allows you to control sorting of the view before publishing. For more information, see Sort Data in a Visualization.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web

Ask questions in a conversational style with Ask Data

As new questions occur to you in Ask Data, you can quickly revise existing ones in a natural, conversational style. In the text box reading “Adjust your question or clear all to start over”, do any of the following:

  • Add functions with phrasing like “by country” or “in December”.
  • Replace fields by typing “replace [existing field name] with [new field name]”
  • Remove fields by typing “remove [field name]”
  • Clear the viz by typing “reset” or “clear”.

For more information, see Rephrase your question using a conversational style.

Apply simple calculations with Ask Data

To enhance data analysis, Ask Data supports simple calculations between two measures, which you can apply using the symbols below:

+ sums the measures

- produces the difference between them

* multiplies

/ divides

For more information, see Apply simple calculations.

Create multiple sheets from Ask Data

You can quickly create multiple different vizzes from a data source and then save them in a new workbook. Below any viz in Ask Data, simply click the Add Sheet icon to the right of named sheets.

For more information, see Add sheets with other vizzes.

See how people are using Ask Data

If you're a data source owner or Tableau administrator, Ask Data provides a dashboard that reveals the most popular queries and fields, the number of visualization results that users clicked, and other helpful information. Filters let you narrow data down to specific users and time ranges. These stats help you optimize data sources to increase the success of your users.

For more information, see See how people use Ask Data with the data source.

Additional enhancements to Ask Data

  • Ask Data now supports Heat Map vizzes, which are great for revealing outliers from many dimensions and measures.

  • When you hover over continuous measures at left, histograms appear in tooltips, quickly showing the range of available values.

  • Terms like "Date", "Year", and "Month" are now reserved for use in analytical functions so should be avoided in field names. For the complete list of reserved terms, see Field names that Ask Data uses for analytical functions.
  • Synonyms for field names can now be changed only by data source owners and Tableau administrators, providing a more consistent experience for users. For more information, see Add synonyms for field names and values.

Create, edit, and remove parameters in web authoring

Now in web authoring, you can create parameters to replace constant values in calculations, filters, and reference lines. For more information, see Create Parameters.

Save custom views with the Viewer role

Previously, creating custom views required a Creator or Explorer license, but now Viewers can create them too. Anyone with the URL for a custom view can see the filters and other changes that are applied. However, only public custom views created by Creators and Explorers are visible to others in the Custom Views dialog box.

For more information, see Use Custom Views.

Use parameters with stored procedures in Tableau Online and Tableau Server

When creating a data source in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, you can now add a stored procedure with parameters to a join. When a stored procedure includes parameters, you'll see a dialog that displays parameters and their types as defined in the database, and edit those parameter values. For more information, see Use a Stored Procedure.

See your view's total marks and more in the status bar

The status bar in the lower left corner of your browser shows authors information about their view, including selected marks compares to total marks, rows and columns, and aggregations. For more information on the status bar, see Status Bar Information.

Drop field menu in web authoring

When creating or editing a view on the web, you can change the aggregation of a field using the drop field menu. Just right-click+drag (on macOS, left-click+Option+drag) a field on any card or shelf like rows, columns, or Filters, and select the aggregation type you need. This drops the field onto the card or shelf with the aggregation you selected.

Save and Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Export stories into PowerPoint

Now when you use Export to PowerPoint to export your workbook, each story points becomes as separate slide in your Tableau-generated PowerPoint file. For more information on exporting your workbook into PowerPoint, see Export Views and Workbooks.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Discover the new face of Tableau Server and Tableau Online

Your Tableau site now makes it easier to get started and locate relevant content with several new pages and navigation changes.

Quickly access your most important content

When you sign in to Tableau Online or Tableau Server, you'll be greeted by a new Home page. On Home, you can see visualizations you recently viewed, find your newest favorite content, and discover what's popular on your site, all in one place. The welcome banner and actions at the top of the page are tailored to your site role to help you get started.

Home page content overview

Dedicated Favorites and Recents pages give you access to all of your most-important content. Use the sort and filter options on the right side of each page to find exactly what you are looking for. Add or remove favorite content at any time by clicking that content's star icon. Along with the Home page, you can access the Favorites and Recents pages from the left navigation panel.

Navigate your site with ease

The new left navigation panel lets you quickly jump between important pages on your site, including the Explore page, where you can see all the content on your site in one place. The navigation panel is responsive to screen sizes and can be collapsed to give you optimal space for browsing.

Navigation panel collapsing

View your data with minimal interruption

When you explore or author a visualization in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, the left navigation panel disappears to give you more space for analysis. The compact header allows you to navigate through project hierarchy, search the site, and access your favorites as needed.

Visualization header showing favorites

To learn more about navigating your Tableau site, see Tour Your Tableau Site.

Subscribe yourself to existing data-driven alerts

When you select Alerts in any view, a new panel shows alerts that already exist for the viz you are viewing. Just select "Add Me" to add yourself to an existing alert. To create an alert that is visible for others, select Make visible to others when creating the alert. Alerts created prior to 2019.2 are not visible to others, but can be updated to be. To learn more, see Send Data-Driven Alerts from Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Added in version 2019.1

Help Design

Right-navigation menu

Updates have been made to help you navigate our content, including a new right-hand menu to quickly scan and select different topics on a page.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Connect to Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Use the Azure SQL Data Warehouse connector to connect Tableau to your Azure SQL Data Warehouse database. For more information, see Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Connect to Google Ads

You can now connect Tableau to your Google Ads account. For more information, see Google Ads.

Connect to Google Drive

Directly access flat files on your Google Drive using the Google Drive connector. For more information, see Google Drive.

Connect to MariaDB 

Use the MariaDB connector to connect Tableau to your MariaDB data. For more information, see MariaDB .

Use SSL with TIBCO Data Virtualization connector

You can now connect Tableau to TIBCO Data Virtualization using SSL. For more information, see TIBCO Data Virtualization .

Use new Snowflake connector features

The Snowflake connector now supports using OAuth as an authentication method. Support for Booleans and for Median and Percentile functions has also been added. For information about connecting Tableau to a Snowflake data warehouse, see Snowflake.

Use Integrated Authentication with the Denodo connector

You can use Integrated Authentication as an authentication method when connecting Tableau to Denodo. For more information, see Denodo.

Maintain case sensitivity when working with Microsoft Excel data

If you need to maintain case sensitivity for your data when performing joins, for example Japanese data that is Kana-sensitive, you can enable the Maintain Character Case (Excel) option from the Data menu. When this option is enabled, Tableau uniquely identifies values with different casing instead of combining them, resulting in a different number of rows.

For more information, see About working with multi-connection data sources

Design Views and Analyze Data

Sort on two axes and other nested sorting improvements

With Tableau Desktop 2019.1, the nested sort feature has received a significant upgrade. New capabilities of nested sort include sorting on two axes, accessing nested sort through the sort dialog, and selecting a single field to perform a nested sort on. For more information, see Sort Data in a Visualization.

New geocoding data for maps

The geocoding database behind your Tableau map has been updated. While most maps will appear the same as earlier versions of Tableau, in some cases, the shape of the data may look slightly different, or contain different geocoding data. For information about specific location data, see Supported Map Data.

Give dashboard items unique names for easier identification

To better distinguish between dashboard items, you can now rename them using the Item hierarchy area of the Layout pane or the drop-down menu for each object on the canvas.

For more information, see Size, position, reorder, and rename individual dashboard items.

Flexibly target web content from dashboards

For the first time, you can specify the precise target for a URL action, choosing between a new browser tab or a Web Page object. If a dashboard has multiple Web Page objects, you can target each of them with a unique URL action, creating visually dynamic designs. And managing multiple Web Page objects is far easier now that you can rename them.

In this example, selecting marks in the view passes latitude and longitude parameters to two different Web Page objects, each targeted by a unique URL action. (Amazing website images courtesy of earth.nullschool.net.)

For more information, see Open a web page with a URL action and Interactively display a web page in a dashboard.

Create phone layouts automatically

By default, optimized phone layouts are now automatically generated whenever you create a new dashboard. To create them only for specific dashboards, from the Dashboard menu, deselect Auto-Generate Phone Layouts.

The default Use automatic layout option automatically synchronizes any changes to the Default dashboard, saving you time. If you choose Edit layout myself, the Phone layout becomes fully independent, so you'll need to manually add and arrange items to reflect changes to the Default dashboard.

For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web

Enjoy improved content browsing

With Tableau Online and Tableau Server 2019.1, you have a new way to browse shared content. When you open a project, you will be able to see all the content that project contains—workbooks, views, data sources, flows, and nested projects—in a single grid or list. Locating content is easier, because you no longer need to navigate separate pages for different content types. For more information, see Tour Your Tableau Site.

Project showing a mixture of content types

Ask Data to automatically create a viz

Ask Data introduces an entirely new way to interact with your data, letting you type a question and instantly get a response right in Tableau. Answers come in the form of automatic data visualizations, with no need to manually drag-and-drop fields or understand the nuances of your data’s structure.

Ask Data lets you ask sophisticated questions naturally, with support for key analytical concepts like time series and spatial analysis, and an understanding of conversational phrases like “last year”, “earliest”, and “most popular”.

Ask Data is available for all user roles with direct access to data sources: Creators, Explorers, and Interactors.

For more information, see Automatically Build Views with Ask Data.

Use new cloud connectors for web authoring

Use the Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google BigQuery, and OneDrive connectors to connect Tableau Online or Tableau Server to your data. For more information, see Creators: Connect to data on the web.

Prepare data for web authoring with these improvements

In 2019.1, authors connecting to a new data source in Tableau Online or Tableau Server can now Run Initial SQL, and can Connect to a Custom SQL Query, and add a Join Calculation to resolve mismatches between fields in a join.

Pan, zoom, and explore with vector tile background maps

Maps created on or published to Tableau Online or Tableau Public now use vector tiles for quicker geographic data exploring. Maps now appear sharper and smoother when you pan and zoom, and labels and icons dynamically resize or reshape to fit your view. The new vector tile maps replace the underlying technology that powers Tableau background maps for a smoother and crisper experience. The background cartography for Tableau maps has also been updated.

See new demographic data in Tableau Online and Tableau Public

Tableau Online and Tableau Public have a new, different source of demographic data than Tableau Desktop. If your map uses a demographic data layer in Tableau Desktop, you may notice some slight differences when that map is published to Tableau Online or Tableau Public, including the time period and value breaks in a legend. In addition, maps that use the “Block Group” Data Layer option in Tableau Desktop will be automatically updated to “Census Tract” when published to Tableau Online or Tableau Public. Six demographic data layers that appear in Tableau Desktop will be absent when maps are published to Tableau Online or Tableau Public:

  • Population growth projections
  • Household growth projections
  • Housing units growth projections
  • Effective Buying Income (median)
  • Year structure built (median)
  • Length of Residence (average in years)

Publishing maps from Tableau Desktop to Tableau Server will not result in any discrepancies.

Toggle between desktop and mobile layouts

If Tableau Online or Tableau Server users find a Phone or Tablet layout too limiting, they can click See Desktop Layout in the toolbar. This toggle button lets users switch back to the mobile device layout at any time.

For more information, see Confirm which layout a device will display.

Filter improvements

Use Ctrl-click (control-click on a Mac) to select multiple values in a multi-value filter in the view. The selected values can be non-contiguous and are indicated with a gray highlight. When the values are selected, you can then click any one of their check boxes to clear or choose the values at the same time.

Save and Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Export and download workbooks to PowerPoint

Export all the views and dashboards in your workbook into PowerPoint with one click. This option creates a new PowerPoint file with static images of each sheet in your workbook. When the file is generated from Tableau Online or Tableau Server, the new PowerPoint file provides a link back to the workbook where you can see the most up-to-date data and interact with it. To optimize your images for PowerPoint, select Size > PowerPoint (1600x900) in the dashboard layout. For more information, see Export Views and Workbooks.

Preview device layouts on the web

To see how your designs appear on mobile devices, click Preview device layouts in the browser when publishing is complete. Then choose a device type above the viz, and a specific dashboard from the menu at right.

For more information, see Comprehensive Steps to Publish a Workbook.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Get notified when subscriptions are suspended

When you subscribe to a view or a workbook, you receive an email snapshot of that content at regular intervals. Now, you'll receive an email notification if something caused your subscription to fail, with links to resume or delete the failing alert. For more information, see Create a Subscription to a View or Workbook.

Added in version 2018.3

Help Redesign

Search, navigation, and layout improvements

Search results within the product help have been expanded to include results for all Tableau products and help articles. Help layout and navigation, such as table of contents placement and breadcrumbs, have been updated to create a more consistent cross-product help experience.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Store extract data in multiple tables

You can configure you extract to have its data stored in multiple tables. Storing your extract data in multiple tables can potentially improve performance and help reduce the file size. For more information, see Decide how the extract data should be stored.

New Other Databases (JDBC) connector

Use the Other Databases (JDBC) connector to connect to files or database types not listed under Connect and that use a database driver that implements the JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) standard. For more information, see Other Databases (JDBC).

New supported spatial files

Use the Spatial Files connector to connect to TopoJSON files, Esri File Geodatabase, and multi-layer KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files using the spatial file connector. For more information, see Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Build density maps and charts

Create and interact with in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Online, or Tableau Server

Use the density mark to create maps and charts that can help you identify "hot spots" in your data. The density mark lets users see insights into densely populated data and visualize it as a smooth surface which can reveal patterns or relative concentrations that might otherwise be hidden due to overlapping marks. For more information on building density maps and charts, see Create Heatmaps that Show Trends or Density in Tableau, Build with Density Marks (Heatmap), and Density Marks.

Use set actions to let your audience change set values

Create in Tableau Desktop for interaction in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, or Tableau Online

Let your audience select what values are in a set by directly interacting with marks on a viz. You can use set actions to visually drive calculations and create visualizations with multi-faceted comparative analysis like proportional brushing.

Set actions can be used across multiple sets for more complex interactions. In this example, sets and calculated fields are working together with set actions for Category and Sub-Categories to update the viz based on what marks are selected. When a user clicks a category, its subcategories are displayed. When a user clicks a subcategory, its manufacturers are displayed. For more information, see Set Actions.

Set actions must be created in Tableau Desktop to be available for use in Tableau Online and Tableau Server.

Encrypted RServe connections

Connect to RServe as an external service over an encrypted channel from Tableau Desktop. Transfer data with an SSL/TLS secured connection for RServe integration. For more information, see Pass Expressions to External Services.

Navigate from dashboards more easily

Two new dashboard features make navigating to other sheets much easier. Both maintain selected filters and marks and let you navigate to sheets published as separate views (without visible tabs).

  • The Button object provides a quick way to navigate from one dashboard to another, or to other sheets or stories. To reveal a button's destination, add a custom image and informative tooltip text that appears when users hover over the object.

    For more information, see Add objects and set their options.

  • The Go to Sheet action, which you can create only in Tableau Desktop, lets users navigate to other dashboards, sheets, or stories when they click on a mark or a tooltip menu item.

    For more information, see Actions and Dashboards.

Transparent worksheet backgrounds in dashboards

To make a worksheet transparent, set its background color to None. Visually integrate elements across your entire dashboard by combining transparent worksheets with transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters. For more information, see Visually integrate elements with transparency.

Automatically rearrange phone layouts

As you adjust dashboard items on a phone layout, click the pop-up menu to the right of Phone, and select Rearrange layout to optimize the placement of filters, remove white space, and more.

In the example below, filters are automatically moved higher so phone users don't need to scroll down to see them.

For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web

Improved content browsing

With Tableau Online and Tableau Server 2018.3, you can get a sneak preview of our reorganized web authoring environment (UI). The new UI enables you to see multiple content types—views, workbooks, data sources, flows, projects—in one grid or list. For example, you can now see all content inside a particular project and its sub-projects.

This new experience intends to make content discovery more intuitive, and it’s the first in a set of planned changes that are aimed at improving self-service and governance of your Tableau content.

To try the new UI, ask your administrator to enable the site-level setting we’ve provided for it. For more information, see Preview the Updated Content Browsing Experience in the Tableau Server 2018.3 Help (this article applies to Tableau Online, too).

After you get access to the new UI, sign in to our Early Feedback site. There you can share your thoughts with us and get our regular development updates.

Add image objects to your dashboards

You can now add images to dashboards when authoring on the web. The new Image object lets you adjust image fit, add a target URL that opens when the image is clicked, and add alt text, which improves the accessibility of your dashboard for those who use screen readers.

While viewing a dashboard on the web, click Edit. From the Objects section at left, drag Image to the dashboard on the right.

For more information, see Add objects and set their options.

Duplicate as Crosstab

To create a new cross-tab sheet based on the data in the current sheet in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, right-click the sheet tab (control-click on Mac) and select Duplicate as Crosstab. This inserts a new worksheet into your workbook and populates the sheet with a cross-tab view of the data from the original worksheet.

Create, move, and resize annotations

Create and delete annotations by right-clicking the view (in a worksheet or dashboard), and then selecting the type of annotation: point, mark, or area. Click the annotation to select it, then drag to move it, or click a selection handle to resize it. Right-click the annotation again to edit or remove the annotation.

Added in version 2018.2

Install and Deploy Tableau

Install Tableau Bridge separately from Tableau Desktop

Tableau Bridge is now a stand-alone client that you install separately from Tableau Desktop. For more information about Tableau Bridge requirements, compatibility with previous versions of Tableau Desktop, and the installation process, see Install Tableau Bridge in the Tableau Online Help.

Note: If you install Tableau Bridge on the same computer as Tableau Desktop, you can start Tableau Bridge from the Server menu like you did in previous versions.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Join spatial files

You can now join two spatial files, spatial database tables (Microsoft SQL Server only), or spatial fields across two data sources. For more information, see Join Spatial Files in Tableau .

Enhancements for Intuit QuickBooks Online connector

There are several changes and enhancements to the Intuit QuickBooks Online connector that provide you with more flexibility. New transaction types are included in the Sales and Expenses Line Items table: Vendor Credit, Credit Memo, Journal Entry, Deposit, Estimate, Bill Payment, Payment, Purchase Order and Refund Receipt. Additionally, account information has been added to Credit Memo and Vendor Credit.

Individual transaction tables now have a new field called "Transaction Type" so you can join other tables to the Sales and Expenses Line Items table.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Perform a nested sort with one click

You can now use a nested sort operation without having to create calculated fields or combine dimensions. For more information, see Sort Data in a Visualization

Extend functionality with dashboard extensions

Extensions increase dashboard functionality with custom objects created by third-party developers. With extensions, you can add unique features to dashboards or directly integrate them with applications outside Tableau.

Adding an extension is easy. In Tableau Desktop or the web-authoring mode of Tableau Online or Tableau Server, simply drag the Extension object to a dashboard. Then click either Extension Gallery to choose from all available extensions, or My Extensions to select an extension you previously downloaded. (To directly browse the Extension Gallery, go to extensiongallery.tableau.com.)

For more information, see Use Dashboard Extensions.

Visually align dashboard items with a grid

To present a visually consistent design, arrange and size dashboard items over a grid. Choose Dashboard > Show Grid, or quickly toggle the grid on and off by pressing the G key.

For more information, see Size, position, reorder, and rename individual dashboard items.

Precisely position and size floating items with arrow keys

To precisely position a floating item, press arrow keys to move 1 pixel, or Shift+arrow keys to move 10 pixels. To resize items, add Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) to the shortcuts above.

See a preview while dragging floating dashboard items

To give you a clear picture of how moved items will look in a new location, a preview appears while you drag them.

Float transparent filters, parameters, and highlighters over dashboards

To visually connect filters, parameters, and highlighters to related data, float these items, which are now transparent by default. Text always remains fully opaque, maintaining legibility.

For more information, see Tile or float dashboard items.

Automatically optimize dashboard layouts for mobile devices

When you create a device layout, Tableau Desktop now automatically optimizes for the device type, adjusting the arrangement of dashboard items to best fit a phone or tablet. Often, these automatic layouts will address all the needs of your mobile users, but you can always customize a layout further.

For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

Show negative values on a log axis

In Tableau Desktop and web authoring, when you select Logarithmic scale for an axis, you now have the option to specify Symmetric to display data that contains 0 or negative values on a log scale axis. For related details, see Change the axis scale to reversed or logarithmic.

Use ISO 8601 date standard in calculated fields

When creating a date calculation, you now have the option to use the ISO 8601 international standard to resolve the calculation. For more information, see Date Functions.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web

Keyboard shortcuts for web authoring

Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly create and edit views on the web. For more information, see Shortcuts for web authoring.

Create multi-connection data sources and cross-database joins

Add a second connection to your data source and combine tables from different databases using a cross-database join. Your multi-connection data source can be saved for others in your organization to use. To learn more about cross-database joins, see Join Your Data.

Union your data on the web

Can create new unions and add to unions from the same connection in Tableau Online and Tableau Server. To learn more, see Union Your Data.

Pivot Data on the web

When working with file-based data sources on the web, you can pivot your data from crosstab format into columnar format. For more information, see Pivot Data from Columns to Rows.

Copy data on the web

Copy values in your data grid by selecting the values and then pressing Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (macOS). Alternatively, to copy values in the metadata grid, select the values, right-click, and select Copy.

Schema search

Quickly locate data fields in the Data pane using schema search.

Annotation improvements

Create and delete annotations by right-clicking the view (in a worksheet or dashboard), and then selecting point or mark annotation. Right-click the annotation again to edit or remove the annotation.

Edit Axis button on axes

You now have two ways to open the Edit Axis dialog box. Hover near the top of the axis (vertical axis) or to the right (horizontal axis) and click the drop-down arrow that appears. Or, double-click the axis.

Better control over sorting

You can now access the Sort dialog box by right-clicking a dimension field on the Rows or Columns shelves in a view.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Include colleagues on data conversations with @mentions

To engage people in a conversation about compelling data you find in a view, @mention them in comments. As you begin to type a name, matching people with Tableau accounts at your organization appear in a list you can choose from. For more information, see Comment on Views.

Quickly create data alerts on customized views

If you've changed a view (for example, by adjusting filters), you can now create alerts without first saving a custom view. For more information, see Send Data-Driven Alerts from Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Save and Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Check how your workbook will look in an older version

It's important to know how your workbook will be affected before you export it to an older version of Tableau. The File > Export As command now gives you a clear picture, telling you if your workbook will change and which features are unsupported.

Added in version 2018.1

Tableau Licensing

New user-based term licenses are now available

Tableau now offers different types of user-based term licenses that grant a range of web authoring and other capabilities at various price points. This gives organizations more flexibility to fit licenses to the data analysis and visualization needs of different users. To learn more, see User-based licenses, or to see the capabilities of each license, see Tableau Pricing.

Install and Deploy Tableau

Register Tableau Desktop from the command line

When you install Tableau Desktop from the command line (for Windows) you can now register the product as part of the install without having to complete the registration for new users through the user interface or as a separate command line operation.

Add a single command line that includes the REGISTER=“1” installer option. During the installation process, the installer will run the -register process and add the registration information. This process uses the registration information from the following location in the registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tableau\Registration\Data.

For information about adding registration information to the registry and the property settings for the -register property, see the "Register Tableau Desktop" and the "Installer properties" sections in Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Mac OS system requirements

Tableau Desktop version 2018.1 for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later. All Tableau Desktop versions 10.0 through 10.5 are compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Support for remote config files for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse

Tableau now supports using landscape XML files located on a remote HTTP server.

Connect to spatial columns in Microsoft SQL Server

You can now use spatial columns when you connect to Microsoft SQL Server in Tableau. You can also use Custom SQL and RAWSQL to perform advanced spatial analysis in Tableau. For more information, see Connect to Spatial Data in a Database.

New connector name

Starting in Tableau 2018.1.4, the Cisco Information Server connector is renamed to TIBCO Data Virtualization.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Apply step lines and jump lines

Change the Line mark type to a step line or a jump line by clicking the Path property in the Marks card.

Step lines and jump lines can help you see and compare incremental patterns of change over time. Use these line types for numeric data that remains constant for periods of time, with noticeable changes or deltas – such as account balances, inventory levels, or interest rates. For details, see Draw paths between marks.

Tips for analytics objects

In the Analytics pane, available analytics objects vary based on the current state of the data in a visualization. For example, you can't apply trend lines to the view when it contains stacked marks. Tooltips in the Analytics pane explain why an Analytics object isn't available, or provide a tip on what is required to use that object in the view.

Filter hierarchical data

When the data in your view contains hierarchies, filters for those fields can use the All Values in Hierarchy option. Your filtering experience now matches the parent/child relationships in the hierarchy.

For details on filtering options, see Set options for filter card interaction and appearance.

Hide a Viz in Tooltip worksheet

You can now hide worksheets used as Viz in Tooltips, the same way you would hide worksheets used in stories or dashboards. In the target worksheet that is the Viz in Tooltip, click Hide.

To show the Viz in Tooltip worksheet again, in the source worksheet, click Unhide All Sheets. For more details about Viz in Tooltip, see Create Views in Tooltips (Viz in Tooltip).

Refit saved clusters

Clusters are saved as groups so you can use them in other worksheets and workbooks, however, they don't automatically refresh. When the underlying data changes, you can now use the Refit option to refresh and recompute the data for your saved clusters. For related details, see Refit saved clusters in Find Clusters in Data.

Synchronize dual axes for different numeric data types

In a chart with dual axes, you can now synchronize dual axes for numeric data types that don't match. For example, you can synchronize an axis that uses an integer data type and an axis that uses decimal data type.

Navigate stories with arrows alone

If you like a clean, simple navigator style, select the new arrows-only option. For more information, see Create a Story.

Create dual-axis (layered) maps from generated and custom latitude and longitude fields

You can now create dual-axis maps from a combination of Tableau generated latitude and longitude fields, and custom latitude and longitude fields. For more information, see Create a dual-axis map from a combination of generated and custom latitude and longitude fields.

Author and View Data on the Web

Connect to data on the web

With a Creator user license, you can connect to data directly in your browser. Upload Excel or text-based data sources, connect to data housed in a cloud database or on a server in your enterprise, or connect to published data saved to your site. For more information, see Creators: Connect to data on the web.

Prepare your data on the web

With a Creator user license, use the Data Sources tab to prepare your data for analysis. Create joins, add new data sources, clean your data using the Data Interpreter, and more. For more information, see Creators: Prepare Data on the Web.

Resize headers on the web

Resize the width of row headers and the height of column headers.

  

Add an accessible toolbar to an embedded view

Authors can enable an accessible toolbar so that all users can add comments, download the view, or share it with others. For more information, see Publish and embed the view in Author Views for Accessibility.

Other web authoring enhancements

  • Show Me is now available for dashboards.
  • Double-click an annotation to edit its text.
  • Hide or show a Viz in Tooltip worksheet. In the target worksheet that is the Viz in Tooltip, click Hide. To show the Viz in Tooltip worksheet again, in the source worksheet, click Unhide All Sheets.
  • Filter hierarchical data in views by using the All Values in Hierarchy filter option.
  • Change the Line mark type to a step line or a jump line by clicking the Path property in the Marks card.
  • Double-click an axis to edit axis settings.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Quickly analyze cloud-based data with Dashboard Starters

If you use Tableau Online, Dashboard Starters help you quickly author and analyze data from cloud-based systems like Salesforce, ServiceNow, Marketo, and Eloqua. Simply create a new workbook and choose from several beautiful, informative designs that are tailor-made for key business metrics. For more information, see Dashboard Starters for Cloud-based Data.

Streamline discussion threads by deleting comments

If a comment is unnecessary or inaccurate, you can quickly delete it. Just click the X in the upper-right corner. For more information, see Comment on Views.

Added in version 10.5

Install and Deploy Tableau

Activate Tableau Desktop from the command line

When you install Tableau Desktop from the command line you can now activate the product without having to complete the activation process through the user interface. Instead add a single command line that includes the installer option ACTIVATE_KEY "<key>". During the installation process, the installer will run -activate and apply the product key you provide to activate the product automatically.

For more information about installing Tableau from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Turn off driver downloads from the command line (Windows)

When you install Tableau Desktop the most common drivers are automatically installed for you. To prevent all or some of these drivers from installing automatically, you can turn off that option during install.

  • To prevent all drivers from being automatically installed, do one of the following:

    • During install, from the Installer screen, click Customize. Then clear the Install database drivers: Microsoft SQL Server, PostreSQL and Amazon Redshift check box.

    • From the command line, set the DATABASEDRIVERS = "0"

  • To prevent one or more of these drivers from being automatically installed, do the following:

    • Leave the Install database drivers: Microsoft SQL Server, PostreSQL and Amazon Redshift check box selected, or from the command line, set the DATABASEDRIVERS = "1"

    • Add a command line and set DRIVER_MSSQL, DRIVER_POSTGRES or DRIVER_REDSHIFT to "0" to disable an individual driver.

For more information about installing Tableau from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Desktop operating system requirements (64-bit replaces 32-bit)

Starting with version 10.5, Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public (desktop) run only on 64-bit operating systems. Version 10.4 is the last version of Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public to support 32-bit Windows operating systems.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Extracts use the new .hyper format

Beginning with version 10.5, when you create an extract, it uses the new .hyper format. Extracts in this new format take advantage of the improved data engine, which supports the same analytical and query performance as the data engine before it, but for even larger extracts. Similarly, when you perform an extract task on a .tde extract using version 10.5, the extract is upgraded to a .hyper extract. For more information, see Extract Upgrade to .hyper Format.

Changes to the way values are computed

To improve data source efficiency and scalability, and produce results that are consistent with commercial databases, values in your data source can be computed differently in version 10.5. In some cases, these changes can cause differences with the values and marks in your view between version 10.4 (and earlier) and version 10.5 (and later). This applies to extract data sources, and can apply to multi-connection data sources, data sources that use live connections to file-based data, data sources that connect to Google Sheets data, cloud-based data sources, extract-only data sources, and WDC data sources. For more information, see Changes to values and marks in the view.

Google authentication method update

Starting in October 2017, Google's updated security requirements changed the connection workflow for some Tableau connectors. Now Tableau opens at tab in your external default browser when connecting to data that uses OAuth authentication. The connectors affected are Google Sheets, Google BigQuery, Google Analytics, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box.

New Box connector

Use the Box connector to connect to Box data. For more information, see Box.

Support for SSL authentication to IBM DB2 and BigInsights databases

You can now connect to IBM DB2 and IBM BigInsights databases using SSL authentication. For more information, see IBM DB2 and IBM BigInsights.

Use the Extract API

You can use the Extract API 2.0 to create .hyper extracts. For tasks that you previously performed using the Tableau SDK, such as publishing extracts, you can use the Tableau Server REST API or the Tableau Server Client (Python) library. For refresh tasks, you can also use the Tableau Server REST API. For more information, see Tableau Hyper API.

SAP HANA support for failover

Tableau supports connecting to a server that’s configured for failover. For more information, see SAP HANA.

SAP Sybase ASE support for SSO

You can now connect to SAP Sybase ASE data using single sign-on (SSO). For more information, see SAP Sybase ASE .

Support for OData V4

Tableau now supports OData version 4.0. For more information, see OData.

Oracle Eloqua connector update

The Oracle Eloqua connector now supports incremental refreshes, validation for tables with more than 250 fields, and support for additional tables. For more information, see Oracle Eloqua.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Show visualizations in tooltips

As you craft views and look for ways to reveal more details about data to your audience, you can embed visualizations within tooltips—aka "Viz in Tooltip."

When you show related views in tooltips, you can help your audience engage with the data at a deeper level, while maximizing the space available for the current view. For details, see Create Views in Tooltips (Viz in Tooltip).

Power trend lines

When you add trend lines to a view, a Power option is now available. For related details, see Add Trend Lines to a Visualization and the "Power" model type in Trend Line Model Types .

Map data updates and additions

In Tableau 10.5, additional cities are available for South East Asia, Central America, and South America.

Demographic data updates including 2018 to 2023 statistical projections are now available.

U.S. Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas

(MSA) have been updated to 2015 definitions.

Updates are now available for U.S. postcodes.

Additionally, the following updates are now available for China:

  • The areas of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin no longer contain city-level districts in the Administrative level 2/County geographic role.

  • Administrative level 2 features in China (prefecture-level cities, prefectures, leagues, autonomous prefectures) are considered cities in Tableau. The center points of these areas are included in the City geographic role as well.

  • Additional cities such as Tiemenguan are now included in the City geographic role.

  • Names for Administrative level 1 and 2 features are now consistent with names published by the People’s Republic of China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Extend dashboard dimensions to 10,000 pixels

To optimize designs for very large screens or vertical mobile layouts, you can now extend dashboard width and height to 10,000 pixels.

Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Downgrade workbooks in Tableau Desktop

If you upgrade a workbook in Tableau Desktop to a newer version, you can now downgrade it to a previous version so that users who are using Tableau Desktop 10.2 and later can still open the workbook. To downgrade the workbook, in Tableau Desktop select File > Export As and select the version that you want to downgrade to. Then save it to your My Tableau Repository or a selected location.

The downgraded workbook can be opened in the version selected and later. Any features not available in that previous version will be removed when the workbook is downgraded.

For more information about version compatibility, see Make Workbooks Compatible Between Versions.

Note: This feature is not available for workbooks that include a Tableau Data Extract that has been refreshed in 10.5. The extract will have been converted to use the new .hyper format and this format can't be downgraded back to a .tde format.

New in Web Authoring

Edit axes

You can now edit axes on the web. To open the Edit Axis dialog box on the web, double-click an axis in the view. Options available from the Edit Axis dialog box include Synchronize dual axes, clearing the axis range (Reset), and editing tick marks. You can also enable or disable Dual axis in a field context menu (right-click a measure field on Rows or Columns shelf).

Additional enhancements

  • Add text objects to dashboards and edit them.

  • Edit worksheet and dashboard titles. Double-click the title to open the Edit Title dialog box.

  • Edit trend lines and view a description of the trend model. To view the trend model, hover over any part of the trend line. To edit a trend line on the web, click a trend line and hold the cursor in place, and then click the Edit menu.

  • Trend lines now include a Power option.

  • Create hierarchies by dragging one dimension onto another in the Data pane.

  • Set the default color property for a field.

  • For quantitative color legends, advanced settings are available (dates not included).

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server

Upload custom images for user profiles

By default, users and groups now have profile images that reflect their first two initials. To help you visually distinguish between profile types, user images are circular, while group images are square.

User profiles support custom images. To upload one, go to your account settings page, and click the current image or initials next to your name.

If your organization uses Active Directory, default profile images come from that system. But two-letter images may briefly appear until Active Directory next synchronizes with your Tableau server.

Subscribe users in groups, and add custom messages

To quickly subscribe several users, you can select entire groups created by your Tableau administrator. Each user in a group is subscribed independently, so the list of recipients remains fully customizable.

You can also add custom messages to subscription emails, clarifying their contents.

For more information, see Create a Subscription to a View or Workbook.

Rename workbooks on Tableau Online or Tableau Server

There's no need to republish workbooks just to rename them. Now you can rename workbooks directly on Tableau Online or Tableau Server. When you do, workbook URLs remain the same, so any links you've shared keep working.

Simply navigate to the main Workbooks area, click the pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of a workbook, and select Rename.

To rename a workbook, users need the Save permission. You'll have that by default for workbooks you own, but you might need to add it for other users. For details, see Set Permissions and Ownership in Help for Tableau site administrators.

Added in version 10.4

Install and Deploy Tableau

Remove previous versions of Tableau Desktop during install (Windows only)

When you install the latest version of Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader from the command line you can now automatically remove previous installed versions of those applications from the machine. Starting with version 10.4, you can set the REMOVEINSTALLEDAPP installer property setting to "1" and during install, the installer will detect and remove any previously installed versions back to version 9.3. If the machine has Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader version 9.2 or prior installed, those versions won't be automatically uninstalled. Instead you must manually uninstall them.

Note: Tableau Public doesn't use this installer property as it always removes the previous version when you install a new version.

For more information about how to set the installer properties from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Downgrade and publish workbooks to an older version of Tableau Server

In previous releases, publishing workbooks to Tableau Server could be problematic when Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server were on different major versions of the application. For example, if you tried to publish a workbook authored in Tableau Desktop 10.3 to Tableau Server running on version 10.2 you received an error like this one.

Now in Tableau Desktop 10.4 (Windows and Mac) when you publish a workbook to an older version of Tableau Server (10.2 and later), you receive a warning message instead that tells you that the workbook will be downgraded to the version that you are publishing to. Any features or functionality included in the workbook that aren't available in the older version is removed for compatibility.

Note: The new downgrade option is not available when publishing workbooks to Tableau Server 10.1 and earlier.

You can still open the downgraded workbook in the current version of Tableau Desktop, but you may need to add back the features that were removed when the workbook was downgraded. For more information about compatibility, see Version Compatibility Between Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Certified and recommended data sources

Have you ever wondered if you could trust your underlying data or wished you could avoid creating a totally new data source? Author Tableau views with confidence and speed using certified and recommended data sources previously published by others.

Certified data sources are supported by both Tableau Online and Tableau Server. These data sources are carefully chosen by site administrators and project leaders and appear with a unique certification badge. Hover over the badge to learn who certified the data source, read any descriptive notes they've provided, and confirm the connection type.

Here's how certified data sources look when you connect to data in Tableau Desktop.

And here's how you can identify certified data sources in Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Recommended data sources are supported by Tableau Server. These data sources include personally certified ones and others automatically picked for you based on usage patterns at your organization. You can access recommended data sources on the right side of the data source setup page in Tableau Desktop, while you're signed in to Tableau Server.

Recommended data sources are supported for a subset of connectors. For more information, see Use Certified and Recommended Data Sources and Tables.

New Denodo connector

Use the Denodo connector to connect to Denodo data. For more information, see Denodo.

Other Databases (ODBC) connector on the Mac

You can now use the Other Databases (ODBC) connector on the Mac to connect to a database when the database driver you want to connect with implements the ODBC standard. For more information, see Other Databases (ODBC).

Oracle connector supports SSL

You can now connect to Oracle using SSL on premises, after you configure the Oracle client. For more information see Oracle.

SAP GUI 7.4 support

Tableau supports the new SAP UI Landscape XML format. For more information, see Support for SAPUILandscape.xml .

Create an SAP BW extract without a special license

Starting in 10.4, you can create an SAP BW extract without the need for a special product key. Prior to 10.4, SAP BW extracts were an unsupported beta feature. For more information, see Support for SAP BW extracts .

Design Views and Analyze Data

Precise dashboard spacing, with border and background color controls

If you previously used blank objects to refine dashboard layouts, you'll really appreciate the new spacing controls. Padding lets you precisely position items on dashboard, while borders and background colors let you visually highlight them.

A. Outer padding B. Blue border C. Inner padding with light blue background

To help you quickly produce attractive layouts, default outer padding is optimized for different types of dashboard items. Layout containers have no outer padding by default, sheets and objects have four pixels, and entire dashboards have eight pixels for trouble-free image and PDF export.

In the past, adjoining dashboard items were separated by a minimum of four pixels, but now you can create seamless designs by specifying zero outer padding.

Dashboard spacing is available in both Tableau Desktop and the web authoring workspace of Tableau Server and Tableau Online. For more details, see Add padding, borders, and background colors around items.

High DPI support for Windows

If DPI scaling is enabled on your Windows machines, you can now author your views with confidence, knowing that that they will look as beautiful at 100% scaling as they do at 200% scaling.

Before High DPI Scaling After High DPI Scaling

Support for linear geometries

Starting with Tableau 10.4, you can connect to spatial files that contain linear geometries.

To create a map with linear geometries:

  1. Connect to your spatial data.

  2. Navigate to a worksheet.

  3. In the Data pane, double-click the Geometry field.

    You can encode size and color, as well as add additional levels of detail to the view.

    For more information, see Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files.

Map data updates and additions

In Tableau 10.4, over 32,000 new U.S. cities are available. Additionally, the following NUTS codes are now supported:

  • DE401
  • DEB3I
  • DEG0I
  • DK012
  • DK021
  • EL641
  • ES521
  • HU321
  • NL230
  • NL327
  • AT113
  • FR623
  • AT322
  • LI000

MATLAB integration

You can access MATLAB® models (deployed on MATLAB production servers) in Tableau using SCRIPT_ functions, or pre-process your data using MATLAB and persist that data into a Tableau data extract for further analysis.

For more information, see Put your MATLAB models and algorithms to work in Tableau and Pass Expressions to External Services.

WCAG-conformant drop-down filters in embedded views

Single Value (drop-down) and Multiple Values (drop-down) filters are now WCAG-conformant when accessed in embedded views.

For more information, see Build Data Views for Accessibility and Author Views for Accessibility.

New in Web Authoring

Turn on the View Toolbar on the web

In prior releases, when authoring on the web, you could only see and use the View Toolbar when working with map views. Now you can turn on the View Toolbar for any view or dashboard in your workbook in web authoring.

From the top menu, select Worksheet > Show View Toolbar and select an option.

From a dashboard, select the zone on the dashboard where you want to show the View Toolbar, then do one of the following:

  • From the top menu select Worksheet > Show View Toolbar.

  • Select the drop-down arrow, then select the appropriate option from the context menu.

Edit groups on the web

Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can edit groups.

To edit a group, in the Data pane, right-click a group field and select Edit Group.

In the Edit Group dialog box that opens, you can add or remove members from an existing group, as well as create new groups in the group field. You can also choose to Include an Other group.

Create aliases on the web

Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can create aliases for members in a dimension so that their labels appear differently in the view.

To create aliases for a field:

  1. In the Data pane, right-click a dimension and select Aliases.

  2. In the Edit Aliases dialog box, under Value (Alias), select a member and enter a new name.

Format lines

When you are authoring on the web, you can quickly change all the lines in your workbook. Select Format > Workbook, then expand the Lines section on the Format Workbook and make your selections. For more information, see Format at the Workbook Level.

Rich text editing for dashboards and stories

You can now edit dashboard titles and zones, as well as story titles and descriptions on the web.

To do so, double-click them and then update the text in the dialog box that opens.

For more information, see Format Titles, Captions, Tooltips, and Legends.

Share and Collaborate

Enhanced commenting on Tableau Server and Tableau Online

Commenting has been completely redesigned to inspire conversations about data discoveries. The new Comments pane appears to the right of views, rather than at the bottom, so you can see the discussion and the data at the same time. Profile images automatically appear too, helping you quickly identify other users. To share filtered views with them, add interactive snapshots along with your comments to highlight the data you're describing.

Any comments you add in a desktop browser also appear in Tableau Mobile, and vice versa, so you can easily communicate with colleagues on the go. Comments remain with a view even if you revise the containing workbook (as long as the view name remains the same).

For more information, see Comment on Views.

Learn who has seen a view on Tableau Server and Tableau Online

If you own a view, you can quickly find out who at your organization has seen it. At the top of a main site page, click Views. Then hover over the specific view you're interested in, and select Who Has Seen This View? from the menu at upper-right.

Added in version 10.3

Help Redesign

Combined help system

Starting with version 10.3, Tableau Desktop Help is now known as Tableau Help. Tableau Help contains all help topics related to analyzing and consuming data in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, and Tableau Online. This help is for people who create workbooks or data sources and publish them, and for people who want to see, interact with, and share views in Tableau.

We welcome your feedback on this change, as well as any feedback or ideas you might have on how to make our content better. Please use the feedback bar on the top of any page ("Was this page helpful?") to open the comment field and submit your feedback.

Use Tableau on the Web provides links to the topics that used to be located in Tableau Server and Tableau Online help.

Connect to and Prepare Data

Connect to .pdf files

Now you can use the PDF File connector to connect to tables in your .pdf files. For more information, see PDF File.

Union even more data

You can union tables from a .pdf file as well as Aster Database, Cloudera Hadoop, Hortonworks Hadoop, IBM DB2, IBM PDA (Netezza), Pivotal Greenplum Database, SAP Sybase ASE, SAP Sybase IQ, and Teradata. For more information about union, see Union Your Data.

Recommended tables and joins

When you’re setting up the Tableau data source or modifying an existing one, it can be helpful to see what tables are popular with other people at your organization. When you connect to a database while simultaneously signed in to Tableau Server (from Tableau Desktop), in the left pane a Recommended list shows the tables used most often in data sources and workbooks published to Tableau Server.

After you add a recommended table to the canvas, others tables that are frequently joined to it appear in the Recommended list. Double-click one to automatically create a recommended join between the tables, using the most popular fields and join type by default. Note: If foreign keys are specified in the database, they override the recommended joins.

Recommended tables and joins are supported for a subset of connectors. For more information, see Use Certified and Recommended Data Sources and Tables.

New connectors

New Amazon Athena connector

Use the Amazon Athena connector to connect to Amazon Athena data. For more information, see Amazon Athena.

New Dropbox connector

Use the Dropbox connector to connect data on Dropbox. For more information, see Dropbox.

New MongoDB BI connector

Use the MongoDB BI connector to connect to MongoDB BI data. For more information, see MongoDB BI Connector.

New OneDrive connector

Use the OneDrive connector to connect to data on OneDrive. For more information, see OneDrive.

New ServiceNow ITSM connector

Use the ServiceNow ITSM connector to connect to ServiceNow ITSM data. For more information, see ServiceNow ITSM.

JSON schema updates

Tableau scans the data in the first 10,000 rows of the JSON file and infers the schema from that process. Sometimes, more fields exist in rows that were not scanned to create the inferred schema. Now, Tableau indicates when additional fields are detected that you may want to include in your analysis. For more information, see JSON File.

Design Views and Analyze Data

Double-click to zoom

In prior releases, when you double-clicked on a view that used continuous measures for both the X and Y axis (also known as quantitative/quantitative views, for example scatter plots) and the View toolbar was turned off, Tableau would automatically zoom in.

This resulted in a confusing user experience. Now for these quantitative/quantitative non-map view types, Tableau no longer zooms in by default when you double-click on the view. This change applies to new workbooks and upgraded workbooks. The double-click to zoom functionality is also turned off by default for table and cross-tab chart types.

Tooltip selection

This feature enables you to select similar marks in a view from the tooltip by category. Any discrete dimension or measure that is included in the tooltip becomes an active link that you can click on to select other marks in the view that have the same value.

The example below shows how clicking on Machines in the tooltip selects all marks in the view that have the same sub-category, in this case, Machines.

This feature works on Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server and Tableau Mobile. It is turned on by default for new worksheets and turned off by default for upgraded worksheets. To turn the feature off or on, at the worksheet level click Tooltip on the marks card to open the Edit Tooltip dialog box, and then clear or select the Allow selection by category check box.

For more information, see Highlight data by category in tooltips.

Latest date presets for discrete date filters

Discrete date filters can be set to filter to the latest date value in the data source. You can use this setting to ensure that the most recent date in the data source is selected in the filter. For details, see Latest Date Preset for "Filter Discrete Dates" under "Filter Dates" (Desktop) in Filter Data from Your Views.

    

On Tableau Server and Tableau Online, presets are applied when the view first loads in the browser, but not when the browser or data is refreshed.

Apply table calculation filters to totals

When you show totals and you want a table calculation filter to apply to the totals, you can now select Apply to totals in the drop-down menu for that filter (on the Filters shelf). This option lets you decide when a table calculation filter should be applied to totals. For details, see "Filter table calculations" in Filter Data from Your Views.

  

Map data updates and additions

The following data has been updated for Tableau version 10.3:

  • French region names were updated to the final 2016 naming scheme.

  • NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) codes and Airport codes no longer require country as a parent to geocode on a map.

  • Netherlands landen and provincies were updated.

  • Australian LGAs were updated with 2016 data.

Additionally, Rwanda districts (uturere) are now supported by Tableau, and can be geocoded using the County geographic role. Polygons for New Zealand postcodes were also added. For more information about additional map data supported by Tableau, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

Evenly distribute a layout container's items

After you add a layout container to a dashboard, you can make the items it contains evenly spaced using the Distribute Evenly command (on the desktop and in web authoring). For details, see Size and Lay Out Your Dashboard.

Easy access to story actions

The new story toolbar appears when you mouse-over the story navigation area. Use it to revert story changes, apply updates to a story point, delete a story point, or create a new story point out of the current, customized one.

Use numbers for story navigation

The story Layout tab includes a new navigation option: Numbers. Use this option to make the story navigator display a sequence of numbers instead of caption boxes or dots. For details, see Create a Story.

New to Web Authoring

Web authoring topics for Tableau Server and Tableau Online are now located in Tableau Help, starting with version 10.3. To see web authoring features from past releases, see What's New in Tableau Server.

Edit quantitative color legends

You can now edit the color palette for continuous color legends in web authoring. You can open the Edit Colors dialog box from the Marks card or by clicking the drop-down arrow on the legend.

Marks card: Legend:

You can also set a custom color for the start and end colors by entering the Hex value.

Edit colors on separated legends

When you create separate color legends for measures in your view, you are no longer restricted to using only the default color palette or the color palette assigned to each color legend when the view was published from Tableau Desktop.

In web authoring mode, you can now select different color palettes for each legend. Click the drop-down arrow on the legend to open the Edit Colors dialog box and then select the color palette. You can also set custom start and end colors using Hex values.

Customize how people interact with your map

In web authoring mode, you can now customize how your audience interacts with your map view in the following ways using the Map Options dialog box:

  • Show a map scale
  • Hide map search
  • Hide the view toolbar
  • Turn off pan and zoom

For more information, see Customize How People Interact with your Map.

Format numbers on the web

You can now specify basic number formatting for measures in the view on Tableau Server and Tableau Online. For more information, see Format Numbers and Null Values on Tableau Server or Tableau Online.

Create stories

In web authoring, you can now create a story to tell a data narrative, provide context, demonstrate how decisions relate to outcomes, or to simply make a compelling case. See Create a Story for details.

Create and edit bins

Create bins from continuous measures and edit them in Tableau Server and Tableau Online, similar to how you do it in Tableau Desktop. For details, see Create Bins from a Continuous Measure.

Drag fields to Show Me in the view

Select and drag dimensions and measures of interest to the view area. A "Show Me" view is automatically created. You can then click other Show Me options to try different view types.

Drill up and down a continuous hierarchy in the view

In a view with a continuous hierarchy, hover near the headers on a continuous axis to display the + and - controls. Click to drill down or up.

Save data source

You now have the option to save a data source that is embedded with a published workbook, as a separate, published data source on Tableau Server and Tableau Online that other users can connect to. When you save the data source, you can choose to update the workbook to connect to the newly saved data source.

     

 

Share and Collaborate

Data-driven alerts from Tableau Online and Tableau Server

When data reaches important thresholds for your business, data-driven alerts automatically send email notifications to key people you specify. You can set alerts on all chart types except Gantt charts and maps.

To begin, select a continuous numeric axis of a chart:

Then click Alert in the toolbar:

When the Create Alert pop-up window appears, set the data condition and threshold value that triggers alert emails. In the view, a red line shows where the threshold falls relative to current data. Simply specify the email subject line, schedule, and recipients to start alerting your organization about critical metrics.

To manage alerts you own or receive, click your name at the top right corner of a Tableau Online or Tableau Server page, click My Content, and then click Alerts.

For more details, see Send Data-Driven Alerts from Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Added in version 10.2

Install and Deploy Tableau

Connect to and Prepare Data

Design Views and Analyze Data

Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Install Wizard for Tableau Desktop on the Mac

The new customizable install wizard guides you through the installation process. It installs the most commonly used database drivers by default (Amazon Redshift, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Simba Spark and Simba SQL) and creates a desktop shortcut.

For more information about installing Tableau Desktop, see the Tableau Desktop Deployment Guide.

Check for product maintenance updates

Instead of waiting for a notification that a product maintenance update is available to download, or dismissing the prompt and then wishing you hadn't, you can now check for these updates at any time. Simply select Check for Product Updates from the Help menu in Tableau Desktop and Tableau will check to see if a more current maintenance release version is available. One of the following options will display:

  • If new updates are available, a dialog box displays to enable you to download and install the latest updates.

  • If no new updates are available, a message is shown indicating that no new updates were found.

  • If an update is already in progress, a message is shown indicating that the update is in progress.

The same 3-day waiting period that applies to the automatic update process applies to this feature. If automatic updates are turned off for Tableau, then this option is not available. For more information about how to manage automatic updates for your product, see Control Product Updates in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Automatically save your workbooks

Tableau Desktop now automatically saves your work for you every few minutes - no more losing hours of work if Tableau closes unexpectedly.

The new Autosave feature is turned on by default. If Tableau crashes, a recovered version of the workbook is automatically created with a .twbr extension and saved in the same location as the original file or in your My Tableau Repository/Workbooks folder. New workbooks are saved with the name "Book1" plus a numeric ID. When you reopen Tableau, a recovery dialog box shows a list of the recovered files that you can select and open to continue in your flow. You can also delete unwanted files from this same dialog box.

Users can turn this feature on or off from the Help menu in Tableau Desktop. Administrators can also turn this feature off from the command line by changing the AUTOSAVE installer property setting. If the Administrator turns this feature off, then the Autosave option is not available from the Help menu.

For more information about how to turn the Autosave feature on or off using the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Salesforce support for cross-database joins

Salesforce supports combining tables using a cross-database join. For more information, see the "Combine tables from different databases" section in Join Your Data.

Union more data

You can union tables from Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, HP Vertica, Microsoft SQL, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL databases. You can also union JSON files. For more information about union, see Union Your Data.

Expandable marks cards

If you ever work with views that need a large number of fields on the marks card but are frustrated because you can't see them all without scrolling, the marks card has now been enhanced to address this. The marks card now automatically expands to fill all of the empty space that is available.

Legends per measure

When you include the Measure Values and Measure Names fields in your view, you can now color code your data by measure, enabling you to further differentiate sections of your data.

In prior releases, when you used these fields and added Measure Values to Color on the Marks card, Tableau would create a single color legend that applied to all the marks in the view. Now, when you drag Measure Values to Color on the Marks card, you can select the option to create separate color legends for each measure in the view and then select a unique color palette for each one.

You can also easily recombine the separate color legends at any time by selecting the option to combine legends. Tableau even remembers your color palettes when you toggle between combined legends and separate legends.

Single combined legend

The example below shows the default behavior when you drag Measure Values to Color on the Marks card. Tableau creates a single color legend that applies to all marks in the view.

On the Marks card, click the drop-down arrow on the Measure Values field, then select Use Separate Legends from the context menu to create a legend for each measure. Tableau assigns the default color palette to each legend, but you can edit it as needed, as shown in the example below.

Multiple legends

To recombine the separate legends into a single legend for all measures, on the Marks card, click the drop-down arrow on the Measure Values field and select Combine Legends from the context menu.

Improved date recognition

When your date values are interpreted as strings or integers, change the data type of the field to Date or Date & Time instead of creating a calculation to change its type. For more information, see Convert a Field to a Date Field.

Connect to Spatial files

You can now connect to Shapefiles, MapInfo tables, KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files, and GeoJSON files in Tableau Desktop. For more information, see the Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files topic and the Spatial File example connector topic.

Connect to more Presto data

In addition to connecting to Presto 141t from Teradata, Tableau now connects to Presto on-premises and Amazon EMR Presto instances for Presto versions 0.148. For more information about the Presto connector, see Presto.

New SharePoint Lists connector

Use the SharePoint Lists connector to connect to SharePoint lists. For more information, see SharePoint Lists.

New Apache Drill connector

Use the Apache Drill connector to connect to Apache Drill data. For more information, see Apache Drill.

Connect to Aster Database on a Mac

You can connect to an Aster Database on a Mac. You can get the driver for the Mac from the Driver Download page on the Tableau website.

Show a scale on your map

You can now display a scale on your maps so that your audience can understand distances between your data points. For more information, see Show a map scale.

Geocode Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) codes

You can now geocode NUTS 1 - 3 level codes in Tableau using the NUTS Europe geographic role.

To assign the NUTS Europe geographic role to a field:

  • In the Data pane, click the data type icon next to the field, select Geographic Role, and then select NUTS Europe from the list.

For more information, see Types of geographic roles in Tableau.

Map data updates and additions

India districts and postcodes, New Zealand postcodes, Australia LGAs, and Saudi Arabia cities data has been updated.

Additionally, second-level administrative divisions (county-equivalents) for the following cities and countries are now automatically recognized by Tableau, and can be geocoded using the County geographic role. For more information, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

  • Berlin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Indonesia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Zambia

Customize joins using calculations to resolve format mismatches between fields

A format mismatch between fields used in a join can often cause a broken join or prevent you from being able to create a join in the first place. In many cases, you can resolve format mismatches between fields by customizing your join using a calculation. For more information, see Join Your Data.

Quickly share content with Tableau Online

To quickly share content with others, sign up for a free trial to Tableau Online: click the Share button in the toolbar, and then click Create Site. (If you're already signed in to Tableau Online or Tableau Server, clicking Share displays the standard publishing options.)

Export your data to CSV

Export to a CSV file all the data that you combine and prepare in Tableau without the need to create or use a baseline view first. For more information, see Export Data.

New correlation and covariance functions

Three new aggregate functions are available:

  • CORR: Returns the Pearson correlation coefficient of two expressions.

  • COVAR: Returns the sample covariance of two expressions.

  • COVARP: Returns the population covariance of two expressions.

See Tableau Functions (Alphabetical) for details.

In addition, three related table calculation functions are available:

  • WINDOW_CORR: Returns the Pearson correlation coefficient of two expressions within the defined window.

  • WINDOW_COVAR: Returns the sample covariance of two expressions within the defined window.

  • WINDOW_COVARP: Returns the population covariance of two expressions within the defined window.

See Table Calculation Functions for details.

TLS mutual authentication on Mac

Tableau Desktop for Mac now supports TLS mutual authentication with Tableau Server. If your organization uses client certificates for computer or user authentication, and mutual authentication has been enabled on Tableau Server, then you can authenticate as you would with any other application that supports TLS mutual authentication. Tableau Desktop on Windows also supports TLS mutual authentication.

Use numbers for story point navigation

You can now specify numbers as a way for your audience to step through your story. This can be helpful if you have a large number of individual story points and want to avoid scroll bars on the navigator.

For more information on story layout and formatting, see Create a Story.

Format lines workbook-wide

You can quickly change line formatting for every view in your workbook in one spot by clicking Format > Workbook. When you make changes to your workbook's line settings, a gray dot appears next to the setting in the Format Workbook pane.

For more details, see Format at the Workbook Level.

Support for WCAG-conformant views on the web

Embedded views that you author in Tableau Desktop, publish to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, and embed in WCAG-conformant web pages, now meet WCAG 2.0 AA conformance and section 508 standards.

Views that are made available to users in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, or Tableau Public are not yet supported for WCAG conformance. Views created or edited on the web in Tableau Server or Tableau Online are not yet supported for WCAG conformance.

The following parts of the embedded view are WCAG-conformant:

  • Sheet tabs

  • The view area of the sheet

  • Titles and captions

  • Categorical legends

  • Single Value (list) filters, which are radio buttons, and Multiple Values (list) filters, which are check boxes.

  • The View Data window

Some aspects of the Tableau interface in the embedded views are not yet supported, such as other filter types, parameters, and the view toolbar. Using these controls in your visualizations might make it difficult for users who use assistive technologies to fully understand your views.

Keyboard navigation, programmatic context for assistive technologies (using ARIA roles), alternative text for non-text elements and contrast standards, and authentication when signing into Tableau Server or Tableau Online are also supported for embedded views.

For more information about creating accessible views, see Best Practices for Designing Accessible Views and Author Views for Accessibility.

Support for SAP BW Single Sign-On

You can configure single sign-on (SSO) support from Tableau to SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP BW). For more information, see Enable Single Sign-On for SAP BW in the Tableau Server Help.

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