Solid question, I also cannot imagine this being a useful way to format things. Hopefully this post gets some good responses to this question!
As Jonathan Drummey pointed out on another forum, this may be an artifact of newer users attempting to drag and drop charts with a higher than usual failure rate. I'm not altogether convinced this is the cause of this long container-in-container chain. But even if it is, Tableau shouldn't allow this to happen. Personally I consider this to be a 'bug'. It certainly can't be 'expected behavior'! And if it is, well, then I'll just stop reporting bugs completely.
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I've never seen anything anywhere near that long, but I have seen some in things I have done that were nested 4 or 5 deep. It appears to be the unintended consequence of repeatedly rearranging sheets in the dashboard. Tableau automatically creates container objects when you insert sheets above or beside other sheets. If you then move that sheet somewhere else, that container remains behind. When you insert another one, it may create another container when one is unnecessary.
I do agree that if Tableau is going to automatically create containers, it should also automatically remove them when they are unnecessary. At the very least, it should use an existing container if one exists, rather than inserting another one inside it.
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Bill I'm with you on this. I would only add that: "It appears to be the unintended consequence of repeatedly rearranging tiled sheet on a dashboard." And I suspect that is what Jonathan was alluding to. One thing I found interesting was that once I managed to right-click and 'float' every object at the end of the chain, the chain simply removed itself. That was a nice discovery.
Anyway, thanks for the explain, I better get what's going on.
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One thing I found interesting was that once I managed to right-click and 'float' every object at the end of the chain, the chain simply removed itself. That was a nice discovery.
That is a VERY nice discovery! Excellent trick to clean things up. Thanks for that!