Currently, dimensions are not colored unless they are on the text shelf--as you have found. There are ways around it at shown in Jonathan's http://drawingwithnumbers.artisart.org/wiki/tableau/conditional-formatting/
or by putting the dimensions on separate sheets and coloring those, then combine them all on a dashboard together.
It might make a good one for the Ideas section.
Thanks for the response – I followed the link, but the link that seems to talk about my situation appears to be invalid:
highlighting specific rows: Rapid Graphs by Stephen McDaniel and Eileen McDaniel, http://www.freakalytics.com
Hi, there's stuff in Rapid Graphs book on highlighting rows, but it's not doing the whole highlight that you're looking for, just the measures in the view.
See this Tableau Public workbook for some examples of doing more advanced highlighting: Introduction.
I reviewed this prior to posting, but not really finding a method to do this. I used this sort of row highlighting feature a lot in MS Access reports. I’m quite new to the Tableau world, so hoping for some type of tutorial I can learn from. I appreciate the reply!
There is always the possibility to concatenate all the Dimensions and Measure in the Text shelf then apply the color based on the Measure value.
But looking at your jpg i am not sure you have the version to support multiple pills on the text shelf.
note: i had some problem with the padding , i don't know if there is a bug with the Space or Len function.
ConditionalRowColor.twbx 1.2 MB
I’m attempting to recreate a report that I had in Access. Sounds like something that was a pretty novice level feature in Access/Excel is a more advanced level feature in Tableau. I appreciate all of the replies, but my direction hasn’t become any clearer so far. I’m not quite there yet experience-wise, I guess.