I have looked at the tutorial. It talks about interactivity between dashboards. I am trying for interactivity between workbooks.
I'm sorry, I could have sworn the question said dashboards, not workbooks. I see you edited it. Is that what you changed? If not, I apologize for misunderstanding.
Are you publishing this to Tableau Server or Tableau Online? If so, you can still pass values in the URL. See Filter Views using URL Parameters | Tableau Software for how to embed filters into the URL. See also http://onlinehelp.tableau.com/current/online/en-us/help.htm#embed_list.htm for more parameters that can be embedded in URLs.
Is that any better?
You are correct I edited my initial questions, and thoroughly apologize for my blunder....
I am publishing them to Tableau Server initially. How do I read the parameters in the destination workbook and use them as default values for a filter...
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No need to call it a "blunder." We all make mistakes. I just wasn't sure if I had made the mistake.
When you create the URL action in the "sending" dashboard/workbook, you can embed a field from the current view/dashboard by clicking the arrow next to the URL field, and select the field to embed in the URL. This would need to be formatted as specified in the links I sent previously, and might take a form similar to the URL below:
This URL would need to be the URL from the "share" link of the workbook/dashboard in Tableau Server that you want to activate and filter by the embedded value. The "param1" part would be the name of the field in the destination view.
Is this helping?
Wow, this was helpful. Instead of the field "City", can we use the map click on a particular region to set the param1 value. Also in the target workbook, how can I set the default value of a filter to be param1.
Instead of the field "City", can we use the map click on a particular region to set the param1 value.
Yes, you can insert into the URL any field that is in the view, and multiple fields if desired. If you have a mark on a map, you can create a URL action for that mark and pass anything related to that mark. If you want to pass something that is not visible, put that field on the Detail shelf, then you can insert it into the URL action, even though it doesn't show anywhere.
in the target workbook, how can I set the default value of a filter to be param1.
I'm not clear what you mean by "default value of a filter" in this case. "param1" in the example is a placeholder for whatever field you are wanting to filter by. The default filter for that field would need to be built into the published workbook. When you pass a new filter value in the URL, it will replace the default filter value with the one passed in the URL.