6 Replies Latest reply on May 10, 2020 10:49 AM by JunHan Yee

    Hyperlinks in Text Boxes

    April Hoy

      I have a dashboard with a text box at the bottom that cites the source of my data.  Is it possible to insert a link to the webpage where I got my data?  According to posts pre-dating Tableau 7.0, this was only possible with workarouds using extra sheets.  Can the Tableau 7.0 handle hyperlinks on dashboards?  Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Hyperlinks in Text Boxes
          Shawn Wallwork

          April, I've been meaning to play around with this, so I just did a quick test. The answer is no as far as text boxes go, but you can set up a URL on an image. So you could take a screen shot of the text you want to see and then put it into the dashboard as an image instead of text. (You could also include your data source's logo.)



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          • 2. Re: Hyperlinks in Text Boxes
            Chris Gerrard

            The good news is that adding hyperlinks to dashboard text boxes is dead simple with Tv8: just add the URL to the text and Tableau recognizes it and makes it a hyperlink.


            As implemented, it's functional but one dimensional. Tableau only shows the link as the URL, and if the dashboard contains one or more Web Pages the link is always opened in the first one added, otherwise the link is opened in a new browser window.


            I found a way to customize the links to provide an alternate label and explicitly open the link in a new browser window, and documented it here. You can either hand edit your workbooks or use the Ruby script I wrote and included in the post to handle the customization.

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            • 3. Re: Hyperlinks in Text Boxes
              Joe Oppelt

              There was a previous reply that suggested cutting from WORD.  I tried that.

              I can't get it to work.  (I'm on 8.2).  I have created a snippet in WORD that says "google", and the underlying hyperlink is "http://www.google.com"  I cut it from WORD, and it pastes in my text box, and turns blue and looks like a hyperlink.  When I click on it, though, it goes to "http://google, not the actual underlying hyperlink.  (It gos to the right place from WORD, so I know I set it up correctly there.)  If I change the text in word from "google" to "george", tableau tries to send me to HTTP://george.


              It's recognizing the text as a hyperlink, but not grabbing the actual underlying text.


              Ugh, this is so close!!

              • 4. Re: Hyperlinks in Text Boxes
                John Breedlove

                Sorry, I thought it was working but then realized I hadn't actually tested it.  The linked text copies over and is a hyperlink, but it doesn't hyperlink to the right location.

                • 5. Re: Hyperlinks in Text Boxes
                  Sinji Yang

                  Text Box should have the features to at  URL links.

                  Insert calculated fields that can be aggregated to a single values, or the same function as Oracle's Listagg() function.

                  • 6. Re: Hyperlinks in Text Boxes
                    JunHan Yee

                    I was trying to look for the answer and come about with this answer from the internet.


                    This is the solution if you are using a Tableau desktop


                    In this case, you have to set up dashboard URL action filter to a specific website with a sheet with the word in it.


                    However I found out in tableau server, you can do an edit (if you have the permission) and insert or edit a text to the dashboard.  Type in the url and the hyperlink field is there.  In addition you can change the text to "Whatever text" you would like and the click will still go to the hyperlink.

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                    I tried to reverse engineer it by downloading this example from Tableau server to Tableau desktop, however I do not see any functions which will create this URL.  In tableau desktop, when I edit the text file by adding a character, the url functionality is gone.


                    I hope this helps until tableau comes out with a solution in tableau desktop.  Who knows that the solution in tableau server is a good sign that they are working on it.