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Greetings Tableau Community,


First off I'd like to share a really interesting article published by Eva Murray in Forbes on the importance of color in data visualizations. Eva talks about how colors sets the tone and reinforces a message for the underlying visual display. The article made me think a bit more about the color design within Tableau, and the different color palettes used. If you're interested to learn more about the science behind color and visual design principles, there is on-demand webinar that you can access HERE.

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Next up, congratulations and thank yous are in order for some of our top contributors over the last week! Thanks to Naveen B for 30 answers being marked as Helpful, to Ken Flerlage for 18 answers marked Correct. To Zhouyi Zhang and Mahfooj Khan for crafting Responses that garnered 3+ Likes. Well done folks, thank you so much for everything you do in the Forums

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One of the more popular Ideas recently is #6100 Allow Server Administrators to View As Other Users. This idea was created three years ago and now has 400 Votes. You'll notice that Michael Hesser has kindly provided a workaround for this topic. However if this Idea is of interest to you, please add your votes and comments. 


Now that the 2019.2 Beta is available, we're excited to switch the status on a number of Ideas, such as ....


#1370  Force Server users to reset passwords

#1528  Tableau Server Enterprise deployments - Additional Password Policy controls

#7197  Tableau ONLINE Usage Stats

#4123  Traditional Chinese User Interface (Desktop, Prep and Server)


Our top viewed thread this week - with over 1500 views - is a question from Rachel Nichols re. Calculation help. Fantastic contributions on this thread from Ewald Hofman, Robert Breen and Kaz Shakir.


A quick reminder that if you'd like to help tackle our Unanswered Questions, please check out the Crow's Nest. You're welcome to search for specific topics you are an expert in and help answer questions from fellow Tableau Community members! Crow's Nest

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Lastly if you have any questions or suggestions for the Community Forums team, we would love for you to reach out - we're all ears!

Ciara Brennan  Patrick Byrne  Amanda Boyle  , or you can email us at



Til next time, Ciara

Greetings Tableau Community,


Welcome to the first Digest of March - the month that brings us Spring daffodils, March Madness and of course St. Patrick's Day

This week I'd like to share a fantastic post by Jim Cox, our Product Manager for Tableau Mobile. Tableau Mobile:  Redesigned App Coming Soon The redesigned app brings lots of welcome improvements to the browsing experience and offline access.

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Our CTO Andrew Beers recently announced a new Engineering blog for R&D. Check it out here: Announcing our new Engineering Blog for research and development | Tableau Software I particularly liked the blog by Mia Dubose on how to make Sprint reviews more visual.


Why not visit the Community's one-stop-shop for all things Tableau Public , feel free to jump in to answer questions, share tips on how you created your Vizzes and vote on the Ideas.

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Most Talked About Thread

One of our most viewed threads this week is a question from Yun Jing on making Gantt bars for financial data. Some great inputs by Zhouyi Zhang and Robert Breen to help address this. This thread is worth a read as its always nice to see great collaboration between Community members How to make Gantt Bar for Financial data?


Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea from last week is #1411 Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. Good news is that Idea #7197 is now marked Beta, so if you'd like to try out Tableau Online Admin Insights for yourself, check it out here - we welcome your feedback

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Community Highlights

Some of our members that have joined within the last few months are really moving through the ranks and providing great contributions. So big thanks and shout outs to Manoj Lobo (Data Cowboy level), Claire Smith (Data Wrangler level) and Tatiana Hernandez (Got Data level).


As a reminder, the actions to receive points are outlined on this page Points, Levels & Badges


TC Europe is coming up soon (17-19 June), and if you'd like to hear more about it why not dial in to the live webinar on March 7th (10-10.30 GMT)


As always if you have any feedback or suggestions for the Tableau Community Forums team, please email us at


Cheers, Ciara

Ciara Brennan (@Ciara_B_27) | Twitter

Welcome to the Tableau Community Digest!


This week we're happy to share the latest blog on the power of Set Actions by the amazing Bethany Lyons. Speaking of set actions, check out Ken Flerlage's guide on zoomable charts. Tableau Zen Master Eva Murray has a great article on Forbes online that talks about how simple visual design can aid in communication.

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Steve Wexler (aka VizBizWiz) has done quite a bit of pro-bono work for You can check out the interactive dashboards at




Save a date in your diary for our next #ThinkDataThursday on February 21st (8am PST). We're looking forward to Bridget Cogley bringing us 'The logic of dashboards - designing for the whole picture' Register. now!

Michelle Kosterich, one of our researchers here at Tableau, is interested to hear how you find content about Tableau Online and Tableau Server, and how that experience could be improved. We would love to hear your feedback so please take Michelle's survey.


Top Voted Idea


Our top voted Idea this week is #1411 Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. To vote and comment on product ideas, please visit the Ideas space. If you spot any Ideas that should be marked as Duplicate, or indeed have any feedback you'd like to give on the Ideas process, please feel free to reach out to me directly at


Most Talked About Thread


The most popular thread this week, with over 440 views, is a post kindly put together by Bryan Fernandez with detailed steps on upgrading Tableau Server.


Community Highlights


This week I'd like to congratulate the following members on rising through the ranks and contributing to the Forums - Diego Parker (now at 'Data Connector' level), Christian Binderkrantz ('Data Wrangler') and ShivaRam Chennapragada ('Analytics Ace') 



That's a wrap for this week. As always, if you need to contact the team please feel free to drop us a line at




Greetings Tableau Community,


Welcome to the first Digest of 2019! To kick things off for the New Year, why not try out the latest 2019.1 Beta version, available now at our pre-release site


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We welcome your valuable feedback on the new features that the 2019.1 Beta brings - tell us what you think about Ask Data and Tableau Prep Conductor. Speaking of the New Year, how are those fitness resolutions going?! If - like me -  you've only just dusted off the Fitbit and dragged yourself back to the gym, then get inspiration from the latest blog by  Yvan Fornes on Tableau Public.



   Don't forget there are only a few days left to get your voice heard for the 2019 Zen Master nominations. If you know someone that has a great understanding of Tableau, is happy to help others at all levels and is an awesome collaborator on the Community Forums, then we would love to hear it!  Amanda Boyle has written a blog with all of the details. Get those nominations in before 10.00pm PST Friday January 11th 2019



  In other news, on January 18th Tableau Online will be removing support for TLS 1.0/1.1 in favor of the more secure TLS 1.2. For full details, please refer to the post by John Blackie



Most Talked about Thread

   One of our most talked about threads this week was around sitting exams for Tableau Certifications. If you would like to become #CertifiablyTableau, then why not visit our Tableau Certification homepage to find out more. http://

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Top-Voted Idea

   Last week, an additional 3 Votes were given to ['Allow Server Administrators To View As Other Users']. We welcome your continued engagement in the Ideas space, and please feel free to reach out to me directly if you spot any Ideas that require a status update (

   A great resource to bear in mind when submitting new Ideas is this article by Tracy Rodgers How to write an Idea that Tableau Program Managers will look at


Community Highlights

   If you missed the last #ThinkDataThursday with Joshua Milligan, then fear not! Joshua has put together an easy to follow blog post at, so check it out to learn more about 'State of the Unions' in Tableau Prep.

  Ever heard of #IronViz? Sarah Bartlett has written an amazing blog over at SarahLovesData to fill you in on this community-led project. Sarah is passionate about helping people become more confident in sourcing their own data to prepare for the #IronViz feeders later on this year. Go check it out!



That wraps up another weekly Digest

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at


Til next time,


Greetings Tableau Community,


As we approach the end of the year it seems timely to consider the Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends for 2019. Its exciting to think about Ask Data - Tableau's new natural language capability. Why not try it for yourself with the 2019.1 beta, available here .

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We are excited to bring you a session of Dev Office Hours on Tableau Prep Conductor [Dec 11, 2018 8.30 AM PST]. This is an add-on product to Tableau Online and Tableau Server that will be released with 2019.1, and is currently available in beta version through our pre-release site. During tomorrow's session there will be a demo of Tableau Prep Conductor in action along with time for feedback and questions. Register now!

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Most Talked about Thread

Our most talked about thread is around upgrading Tableau Server 2018.1 by Bryan Fernandez. Bryan has put together some great information and screenshots to show how to upgrade successfully and there are over 100 replies to the thread so far.

Another popular thread this week is A Place for Small Fixes (UI and others) by Alex Kerin. Check it out and post your suggestions!


Top Voted Idea

For the second week running the Top Voted Idea is #1123 Control what displays in View Data. Feel free to add your comments and votes to Ideas suggested on our Ideas board


Community Highlights

We recently moved some additional content in to the Tableau Public space in the Community, so feel free to check it out and join the conversations! Speaking of Tableau Public, there are lots of great vizzes out there to help inspire you. This one by Chee Ann is pretty fun! How to tell if I'm dating the right guy. Another one that caught my eye was by Will Perkins on Lego and how brick diversity changed over time.



That's all for this week folks. Don't forget if you have any vizzes or events you would like to share with the Community, you are welcome to reach out to us at


Happy vizzing!


[Twitter: @ Ciara_B_27]

A little bit about me from Aug 29th Digest