How did you change it to MDY? Did you right click and select the day?
Because the date options are separated by discrete (area in blue) and continious (area in green).
It makes sense because the blue only takes the DATE PART.
ie month: july, august etc is literally just that month part. It is isolated from day and year at this point. So it's just a field where it doesn't go against a time series.
Where MDY has the day, month and year. So it needs to be placed on a continuous axis as we know it goes from 1 July 2017 to 2 July 2017 etc. To change this into a discrete date you'll need to convert it to discrete to create that label. To me in makes sense... because by default when you drag a date field into the view it'll be discrete and will go to the highest level of the date hierarchy, so this is one of the ways to convert it into a continuous field.
No comment about crazy - All visual analytics are a little OCD -
you can save a step by right clicking and holding the data as you drag to the self - it will open a selection box - one step (saves about 3
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Thank you for the reply - I guess I get that the list is separated by green/blue, it's more just the behavior when the pill is already on the view (especially when there's another discrete pill to the left of the date) - I just can't see an analysis scenario where I now want 100s of tiny charts drawn. It's not a dissimilar situation to when you select a lat/long and a dimension and ask Tableau to draw a map - you end up with as many maps as dimension entries, rather than the dimension being placed on the detail shelf.
I like the diagrams... This would be perfect if I could choose to drop it as discrete - it does save the step of converting it to MDY..
you can drop is as discrete or continuous
it has save me s lot of extra steps
So I am crazy then - I was convinced you couldn't. Thank you