This one has come up a number of times before and, unfortunately, Tableau does not like to do tables with no measures (which is how I am interpreting your case). And so, you will only get scroll bars in a table when you have measures. But even that won't do it for you because even if you did have a measure the scroll bar would only apply to the measures and not the entire table. This also applies to Tooltips which only show up when you mouse over a measure. You cannot get a customizable toolip over any of the headers in a table -- just measures.
I have dashboards with a graphic above and details table below. I have no practical use for a measure in the details table as users interact with the graphic to dynamically filter the details table. I would love to have: a) a scroll bar for the entire table; b) a customizable tooltip for the headers in the details table. As it is right now, I squeeze what I can into the table and then use a Tableau "trick" to give me a tooltip over the last column.
I know this doesn't help much but at least you knnow you aren't alone!
I don't get why the designers of Tableau stubbornly force users to find workarounds for simple tasks!?
It's quite obvious from the way people use data and tables that a horizontal scroll bar would be more useful than simply hiding the columns in a way that they cant be accessed. It seems crazy!?
Scrollbar appears when you have large data .You can get the scrollbar in text table as vertical scrollbar by default. But when you swap rows and column it is possible to achieve .
Dimension with large data shows scrollbar .But continuous measure does not show scrollbar.
Swapping rows and columns produce the scrollbar as below :
Hope it helps !
hope you don't mind - I have a request - there is a new function about to go into "Pre -Release" that expands the max number of columns in text tables adds ways to format, scroll in tables
the Dev team is asking user like yourself - who work with large text tables to review the new functions and provide feedback
The link below will take you to the site -