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I had the same issue if I published a dashboard and a sheet. (The sheet essentially worked as a large-sized dashboard with respect to this problem.)
Turn off "show tabs" when you publish.
Here is where I found my solution.
Thank you very much!
If you ask me, it's a rather obscure thing, and I don't get why TABS matter. (Well, I kind of understand. If we have TABS, tableau carves out the space for all tabs based on the biggest tab, but I don't understand why tableau has to do that.) Nonetheless, there it is.
But what if we have different tabs in one dashboard? How do we show them on top of the db next to the previous db ,so that we don't always have to go back to the project and select a new db in the same dashboard?
I have a workbook that has separate dashboards for various products. At the time I made this we didn't have the BUTTON object. So I made little sheets that I could put actions on:
Click "Drop Box" and you go to the dropbox dashboard. When you are on the dropbox dashboard, you have selection icons (sheets) for all the other options.
You can see that I have tabs on this dashboard as well, but in the end I didn't really need them.
And now that we have BUTTON objects, setting up this sort of thing is even easier. Further, we can shove them all into a single container, and then place a show/hide button on that container so that the buttons don't take up real estate on the dashboard. The "show" button could be labeled "Navigation Options", and when the user hits it, the container expands, and all the navigation buttons will appear. Tableau has come a long way since this thread was started!!