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Unfortunately, I have not had a lot of luck with this. What I have done in the past is the following:
if you add .pdf to the end of your Tableau dashboard URL, it will make it a .pdf
If you add .csv to the end of your Tableau dashboard URL, it will create a .csv file of the first alphabetical sheet in your dashboard.
Using this, I have published what I want users to see when they click, taken this URL and added either .pdf or .csv to the end, and then created a Tableau sheet with a URL action that when clicked, takes a user to this .pdf or .csv file. Otherwise, I would just recommend using a click action (On your dashboard menu, select Dashboard->Action->URL Action) to point to the particular site, and instruct them to download from there.
Hope this helps!
Thank you for your answer! Seems like what you wrote is indeed the best alternative.