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    Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau

    Rubaiyat Khan

      Hi Tableau Forum,

       

      My name is Rubaiyat Khan, and I am the Product Manager for the Formatting team at Tableau. My team is working on bringing text editing (e.g. editing of dashboard text objects) to the web. We will also be adding more expressiveness like images and bulleted lists to Tableau text in the future.

       

      We would love to understand how you use different text zones (like dashboard text objects, titles, tooltips, annotations etc.) in Tableau, what limitations you are running into today, and what your wish list for text editing in Tableau is.

       

      Please feel free to share your questions, comments, ideas, and suggestions around text editing in Tableau here. You can also share general Formatting related ideas with us too.

       

      For the next week, we will be reading this thread and responding to your questions. Next Thursday, June 8th, at 9am PDT, we will be hosting a live "office hours" event where you can call in and chat with us as well. This live event will cover questions plus a short demo of soon to be released features.

       

      Looking forward to chatting with you!

      Rubaiyat

       

      If you missed the event, you can watch it here: Dev Office Hours: Editing and Formatting Text in Tableau - YouTube

       

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        • 1. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
          Shawn Wallwork

          Questions about your post:

          My team is working on bringing text editing (e.g. editing of dashboard text objects) to the web. We will also be adding more expressiveness like images and bulleted lists to Tableau text in the future.

          Is this only being added to the web editing module, or will Desktop see these changes too?

          When you say 'Tableau text' are you referring to ALL text boxes, object, etc. in ALL versions of the Tableau product line? Or just the web editing?

           

          Thanks,

           

          --Shawn

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          • 2. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
            Rubaiyat Khan

            Thank you for your question, Shawn. Right now, we are working on bringing text editing capabilities on the web. We are starting with web text editing of dashboard text objects, and have plans to bring web text editing to most text boxes in the web over the next few quarters. These include titles, annotations, tooltips, captions etc.

            New expressiveness capabilities like images and lists are planned for both desktop and web for most text boxes (like dashboard text objects, titles, tooltips, captions etc.). Hope this helps!

            • 3. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
              Shawn Wallwork

              Thanks for the clarification. Please let me know when your team (or another team) decides to fix the formatting in your Desktop product. Thanks,

               

              --Shawn

              • 4. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                Hari Ankem

                Hi,

                 

                Here is what I would like to have:

                1. In a heat map, the coloring of the grand totals be based on the grand total values only, and not the individual values shown.
                2. From an annotations point of view, it would be nice if it can be made dynamic based on the data values.
                3. We should be able to change the color of the Blank object, or leave it transparent as it is currently.
                4. How about providing a line object on the dashboard? This will enable us to draw lines on a dashboard.
                5. We should be able to change the default square shapes on the color legend.
                6. For maps, how about providing a tiled map option also for country and state/county levels?
                7. What about a tooltip for the dashboard and worksheet titles?
                8. Tooltips for images also.
                9. Provision of hyphenated lines in a line chart.
                10. Provision to control which worksheet to show and/or hide. This will be really useful when we want to have multiple worksheets with different views all placed on a dashboard and controlled by a parameter.
                11. Provision to add multiple dashboards/worksheets/other-objects on a story.

                 

                Hope you can get them done soon.

                 

                Thanks,

                 

                Hari Krishna

                • 5. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                  Rubaiyat Khan

                  Hi Shawn, I would love to hear a bit more about what desktop Formatting issues are most painful for you right now. Could you please share some of the top things you would like to see fixed?

                  • 6. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                    Rubaiyat Khan

                    Thank you for the fantastic list of potential improvements you shared with us Hari - much appreciated!

                    • 7. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                      Vincent Baumel

                      Keeping it limited to text and/or formatting, here's my quick list:

                       

                      1. A button to "Remove All" for borders and lines. I often find myself going through and clicking "None" for most of these choices.
                      2. Let us format filters or parameters individually. I really don't care to have ALL of my filters looks the same, and ALL of my parameters look the same.
                      3. Let me remove the tooltip for trend lines please! My users really don't care about R-squared and P value.
                      4. If I've got a dual axis, it'd be nice to format the axis font with a "Match to Mark Color" option.
                      5. Dynamic scaling of font size for different devices
                      6. Let me expand the title size of a filter, rather than requiring I double the height in order to word wrap
                      7. I'd like to change the alignment of my axis titles
                      8. I'd like a way to easily import custom fonts
                      9. It'd be cool to rotate headers to something other than strictly horizonal or vertical
                      10. When changing the default number format to Custom, I'd love to see all of the blank space in the dialog box used for some sort of legend or preview of what my formatting will look like!
                      11. Can we get dynamic column or row height please?

                       

                       

                      Thanks for listening!

                      • 8. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                        Rubaiyat Khan

                        Thank you so much for sharing these ideas, Vincent. Many of these are on our radar and we hope to work on them in the future.

                        • 9. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                          Shawn Wallwork

                          In no particular order:

                          • Allow us to paste Word formatted text into any text box, and honor the formatting -- including tables.
                          • Allow us to format filters, parameters, reference lines, legends individually.
                          • Allow us to format and size Readout displays for filters and parameters (individually).
                          • Stop bringing up the wrong formatting tab (axis vs. pane) when using right-click format option
                          • Support columns within Tooltips and let each column wrap within the row/cell
                          • Support a ‘special justified’ paragraph type where number fields can be justified to the right and the Dimension labels justified to the left (with a tab separating them. (https://community.tableau.com/ideas/4941)
                          • Spell-check all text in all text entry points
                          • Edit and format statistical summary tooltip
                          • Use wrap instead of truncate for most everything (or at least give us that option).
                          • Allow us to space individual items in a horizontal color legend so we don’t have to set the space for the longest label (think: ‘3M’ and ‘3-ring staple pack’ and ‘BIC’)

                           

                          Essentially, if it contains text on a worksheet or dashboard, the designer should have complete and total control of how it displays! No text should ever appear on a dashboard that a designer can not change the formatting (including paragraph wrapping) for that individual text.

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                          • 10. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                            Rubaiyat Khan

                            Thank you very much for the list - we appreciate it.

                            • 11. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                              Rubaiyat Khan

                              I also wanted to add Phil Naranjo, our PM for Dashboards related features, for comments on item #3 on your list, Hari Ankem

                              • 12. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                                Phil Naranjo

                                Hi Hari,

                                 

                                For #3, my team is planning to release a feature called Spacing later this year.  It will enable you to control white space, borders, and background shading for all dashboard items including blank objects.

                                 

                                Thanks,

                                --Phil

                                • 13. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                                  Hari Ankem

                                  Perfect. That should do. Thanks.

                                  • 14. Re: Ask us anything about text editing in Tableau
                                    bill.merlavage

                                    Fix the truncation of the Dimension name when using a narrow Single Value drop-down filter.  Allow word-wrap or allow us to slide the drop-down box to the right

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