Skip navigation

Hi everyone!

It's monday, time for a new Community Digest

Any feedback let us know, we are always happy to improve our content.



Does your primary jobs involve deploying Tableau Server, worrying about server installs, upgrades, authentication, high availability, security? Our Product Managers and Developments teams listened to your feedback during a live "Office Hours"!: Server Administrator Rockstars, we’d love to hear from you!

No worries, you can found the full recording here: Dev Office Hours: Server Deployment & IT Administration - YouTube


Data for everyone!

Join Nai Louza and Kyle Gupton for #TDT: Designing Tableau Dashboards for Accessibility

Think Data Thursday: Designing Tableau Dashboards for Accessibility - April 27th, 2017 @ 8am PDT




Abhinav Garg posted this incredibly detailed answer to help vita nesvetailov.

I was impressed by such a dedicated Data-star in our community! Congrats

Need help with the SUM if formula



Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

This brain teaser by Neeraj Goyal is still discussed. Do you have a word in this problem? Post it to help the community!

Need help to create LOD



Top Voted Idea

Nissan N would like to have an option to add a data source that will includes the Events & Special Days by date and +comments.

With 31 upvotes in a week, you should definitely know about this one!

Events & Special Days Layer

Don't forget that you can create an idea at any moment in our category Ideas



In Other News

Andy Kriebel created a great article telling his story with Tableau. It all started with a simple question: Can you create a few dashboards to help us monitor the annual planning process? After some trainings, he tried his best with Tableau and 30 minutes later, the whole project was done and his life changed forever.

10 Years Later...What Tableau Means to Me?


This is a document to explain what is PortalSearch and outline how to build one into your system. Anton Grobman provided documentation and source code for you to use!

Any question let him know: Getting Started: PortalSearch



Enjoy the week everyone!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the work week! I hope everyone had a great weekend. As I enjoy doing, let's start with a bit of "Today in History". Today in 1964, at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, the very first Ford Mustang was introduced to much acclaim. The iconic American car is still in production and originals are still a hot commodity around the world. Read more on



Our Tableau 10.3 Beta is in full-swing and we need YOUR feedback to make the release as great as possible. So join the beta and try out new features like Recommended Tables and Smart Joins!


Notable Community veteran Rody Zakovich has published a useful blog: Save time and stay consistent with a template of calculated fields. It's a useful read!


As a former journalism student, I find this particularly awesome: Ben Jones has published a blog detailing our New curriculum for data journalism programs.


You can still Join us in Vegas, October 9-13th and Save $200 with the early bird discount until April 21st.



Lisa Li recently achieved the "I Know Stuff!" badge by having at least 10 responses marked as correct. Looking through past responses, Lisa is a calculations wiz who provides helpful and friendly answers. We're lucky to have you. Thanks for participating :-)


Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

K Raj posted a question about Displaying Current Quarter by Default in a Date Filter. He was lucky enough to get great help by Tableau Ambassadors Shinichiro Murakami and Norbert Maijoor but it was Okechukwu Ossai who ultimately came up with the correct answer!


Top Voted Idea

Last week's top idea is the ability to set the width of individual columns based on content. Thierry Jakircevic asked the question in 2012 and it has been one of our most popular requests since.


In Other News


Enjoy the week everyone!



Good morning and happy Monday from (sunny for now) Seattle! Hopefully, everyone had a relaxing weekend - I certainly did - 9.5 hours of sleep on Saturday night (amazing!). Here's a look into what's going on around the community:




In case you missed it, last week, we (Tableau) announced a new subscription pricing model. For more information, check out the blog post found here: Tableau’s new subscription pricing | Tableau Software


Last week, Tableau's Ted Wasserman hosted another edition of Developer Office Hours with a theme of Tableau Mobile. Check out his thread if you have any additional questions (you can also find the recording of the event here too): Are you mobilizing? We'd love to hear from you! Stay tuned for an announcement later this week about the next Developer Office Hours - hint, it'll be about behind the scenes with Tableau Server.


Are you part of the 10.3 Beta? If yes, be sure to try out Save time with data-driven alerts in Tableau 10.3 | Tableau Software and if not, sign up for it here: Tableau 10.3 Beta Program | Tableau Software


Did you see the winners of the Iron Viz contest? Congratulations to Joshua Milligan and Timothy Vermeiren! Check out their vizzes here: Iron Viz Geospatial: We Have Our Winners! | Tableau Public And want to see them compete live? Join us in Vegas, October 9-13th. Save $200 with the early bird discount until April 21st.



Michael Someck has already achieved the "I Know Stuff!!" badge - meaning that at least 10 of his responses have been marked as correct by someone else. Michael only joined the Tableau Community on March 16th, and already he's proving lots of value and helping lots of people. Thank you for everything you've done, Michael! And hopefully, we'll continue to see you around here participating



Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

William Wang, a new member to the community, asked a question about How to create pie chart on map that's broken up into different measures? With the help of Michael Hesser, the two of them worked closely to get the answer that William needed through the use of writing calculations and creating table calculations. Glad you got your question answered!



Top Voted Idea

Automate subscription based on extract refresh. created by S.R T in January of this year received 13 up votes this past week, giving it a grand total of 18 votes. This idea more than doubled it's score this week!



In Other News


That's all for this week - until next time - happy analyzing!



As always feel free to send any comments, questions, or suggestions for this digest to

Before this last weekend, Seattle had only had 9 days with less than 30% of cloud cover since October.  Finally, the city is seeing a bit of sunshine and the sun brings everyone outside to enjoy Spring.  I hope your Spring is going well as well and Spring weather is beginning to thaw out your corner of the world.  On to this week's community happenings in the Digest.




Are you or members of your team on the go?  Do you have questions about making your dashboards work better on mobile devices?  Then this week's developer hours are for you.  We will be focusing on mobile this week. Join Developer Hours: Mobile on Wednesday, April 5th at 9:00 AM PDT.  Register by clicking here and come to get your questions answered. 


It's spring and that means the hunt has begun.  No, not easter eggs!  Here at Tableau, its time for hunting for our next Iron Viz Champion. Check out the Tableau Blog this week to learn more.


Looking ahead, have you checked out the PDF Connector in Tableau 10.3.  Get a peek at the future of Tableau with this blog article  - Cut data prep time with the PDF connector and union updates in Tableau 10.3 | Tableau Software


As always, you can keep up with the many Tableau Webinars and event happening each day at our Events page.  Check it often to make sure you are not missing out. 



Congratulations to Deepak Rai for completing the Question Slayer badge recognizing 50 answers that have been marked correct.  In addition, Glen Robinson has received the Questions for Breakfast badge recognizing 25 answers that have been marked correct.  The Tableau Community is about users helping users so a big thank you to Deepak and Glen this week!!! 


Are you interested in helping other users learn Tableau or just giving back after all the help the community has provided for you?  We have a Tableau Visualization that displays all of the current unanswered posts more than a day old here. There are no wrong answers so come check it out and help others learn while you learn.  Crow's Nest.


Most Talked About Thread

Are you a Game of Thrones fan just waiting for the next season to start.  While you wait, check out this week's most talked about thread by annabelle rincon.  She posted My participation to the IronViz competition 2017 showing her take on participating in this years Iron Viz contest.  Come check out the thread. Winners for this contest are due to be announced later today. 


Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was created originally by Michael Lee and is Ability to Rename Workbooks on Server  [RELEASED | 10.5] with 9 new votes this week.  There have been some conversations with Tableau Employee Graeme Britz recently about implementation methods. 


Do you have any great ideas for Tableau?  Be sure to search the Ideas and vote on your favorites.  Our development team is listening and loves the feedback. 


In Other News

We had a great Think Data Thursday last week covering two of the best new features of Tableau 10.2 as Kent Marten reviewed the ease of incorporating spatial files into maps and Bora Beran showed off new Python Scripting capabilities.  Both of these features were released in version 10.2.  If you missed "Tableau 10.2 Making Tableau Work for You", just watch it anytime at our YouTube channel here: Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube


That's all for this edition of the Community Digest - hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


As always feel free to send any comments or questions to


Until next time, happy analyzing!