Language and Locale

Tableau Desktop is localized into several languages.

When you first run Tableau, it recognizes your computer locale and uses the appropriate language if it is supported. If you are using an unsupported language, the application defaults to English.

You can configure Tableau to display the user interface (menus, messages, etc.) by choosing Help > Choose Language. After you change this setting, you’ll need to restart the application for the changes to take effect. You do not need to change this setting for every workbook.

To configure date and number formatting, choose File > Workbook Locale. By default, the locale is set to Automatic, which means the locale will match the locale when the workbook is opened. This can be useful if you are authoring a workbook that will be viewed in many different languages and you want the dates and numbers to update accordingly. When you select a specific locale, the workbook will not change regardless of who opens it.

Tableau checks the following, in order, to determine the workbook locale:

  • Workbook Locale (explicit setting)

  • Windows Locale or Mac language

  • Tableau Language

If none of the above is set, then the workbook locale defaults to English.

Day of the Week Sorting

If you are working in a language for which Tableau does not provide a local version, set your workbook locale to assure that Tableau can sort the days of the week in the correct chronological order. Otherwise, Tableau will sort the names of the days alphabetically. If none of the supported locales is appropriate, you can sort the days of the week manually. See Sort Data in a Visualization(Link opens in a new window).

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