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Run tableau desktop application. The first screen show the list of connectors, choose your data connection.
E.g. Microsoft Excel
Now you will get the data source editing window. Choose the table you want to analyze
Now in the goto worksheet, look for Number of records in the measures shelf
Now drag this measure and release in the text label on the marks shelf
Now your basic text report on worksheet giving how many records you have in the data file.
Next step, choose the dimension ( field) you want to filter the records for,
Drag the category to filters shelf, here I'm choosing furniture category, select Apply on the bottom
Now you have successfully filter the number of records only for furniture category
To learn the basic quick go through the ondemand learning videos on www.tableau.com website.
Oh I forgot to apply it to all sheets. My bad! Thanks for your time
Glad to help out -
I like to "apply to" vs action filters - feel I have more control
Enjoy the weekend