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Change Installation Settings after Installation

When you install Tableau Desktop, there are several features that are turned on by default. For example, automatic product updates or the ability to automatically save user workbooks is included as part of the install. But you might have some features that you don't want users to have access to, such as the ability to upload crash dump files and logs. As an administrator you can turn some of these features off.

For Windows, you can turn some features off during installation. For a list of these features, see Installer properties in the Deploy Tableau Desktop article. For Mac, you can turn some features off only after installation. If you need to change these settings after installation (both Windows and Mac), you can do so by changing the registry or .plist file.

To deploy the changes to remote computers, you can export the settings from the registry (Windows) or .plist (Mac) file, modify the settings you want to turn off and then use the modified file to create an automated script to push the updates to each computer where Tableau Desktop is installed.

Important: Always make a back up of the registry file before making any changes to it. Editing the Windows registry incorrectly can have harmful effects on your computer.

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Turn off product updates

The Product Updates feature lets users receive product updates automatically or check for and install maintenance updates as they become available. To turn off Product Updates after Tableau Desktop is installed, you must update the AutoUpdateAllowed key in the registry (Windows) or in the .plist file (Mac) for each computer where Tableau is installed.

Windows

  1. As an administrator on the computer where Tableau is installed, make a backup of the registry file before you make any changes to it.

  2. Open the registry editor (regedit.exe).

  3. Set the AutoUpdateAllowed registry key to 0. The following table lists the location of the key for different products.

Product For 64-bit Tableau on a 64-bit Windows

Tableau Desktop

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tableau\Tableau <version>\AutoUpdate

Tableau Public

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tableau\Tableau Public <version>\AutoUpdate

Tableau Reader

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tableau\Tableau Reader <version>\AutoUpdate

To enable product updates again, follow the same procedure but set the registry key to 1 instead of 0.

Mac

Run one of the following commands from the Terminal command prompt.

Product Command
Tableau Desktop defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-<version> AutoUpdate.AutoUpdateAllowed "0"

For example, in Tableau Desktop 2018.2, use this command:

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-2018.2 AutoUpdate.AutoUpdateAllowed "0"

Tableau Public defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-Public-<version> AutoUpdate.AutoUpdateAllowed "0"
Tableau Reader defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-Reader-<version> AutoUpdate.AutoUpdateAllowed "0"

To enable product updates again, run the same command but specify 1 instead of 0.

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Turn off Autosave

The Autosave feature enables Tableau to save your user's workbooks every few minutes so that they don't lose work in the event that Tableau stops unexpectedly. To turn off Autosave after Tableau Desktop is installed, you must update the AutosaveAllowed key in the registry (Windows) or in the .plist file (Mac) for each computer where Tableau is installed. For more information about this feature see Autosave management in Plan Your Tableau Desktop Deployment.

Windows

  1. As an administrator on the computer where Tableau is installed, make a backup of the registry file before you make any changes to it.

  2. Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

  3. Set the AutosaveAllowed registry key to 0.

    Registry key location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tableau\Tableau <version>\Autosave

To enable Autosave again, follow the same procedure but set the registry key to 1 instead of 0.

Mac

Run the following command from the Terminal command prompt.

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-<version> Autosave.AutosaveAllowed "0"

For example, in Tableau Desktop 2018.2, use this command:

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-2018.2 Autosave.AutosaveAllowed "0"

To enable Autosave again, run the same command but specify 1 instead of 0.

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Turn off usage reporting

To help us improve Tableau, you can share usage pattern data with us. We never collect any specific user data and your data is confidential. We will never share this information with anyone.

If you don't want to participate, you can turn this option off during install from the user interface in the Installer or from the command line (Windows) by adding a command line that includes the property SENDTELEMETRY="0".

For information about disabling this option in the user interface see Download and install Tableau Desktop . For information about disabling this option from the command line, see Installer options.

From Tableau Desktop

To turn this option off after install from within Tableau Desktop, from the top menu select Help > Settings and Performance and click on Share Usage Data to Improve Tableau to clear the check mark.

From the registry

To turn off usage reporting at the system level, follow the instructions for your operating system.

Windows

Open a command prompt and run the following command:

REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Tableau\<Tableau Version>\Telemetry" /v TelemetryEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0

Alternatively, follow these steps:

  1. As an administrator on the computer where Tableau is installed, make a backup of the registry file before you make any changes to it.

  2. Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

  3. Set the TelemetryEnabled registry key to 0.

    Registry key location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tableau\Tableau <version>\Telemetry

To enable usage reporting again, follow the same procedure but set the registry key to 1 instead of 0.

Mac

Run the following command from the Terminal command prompt.

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-<version> Telemetry.TelemetryEnabled "0"

For example, in Tableau Desktop 2018.2, use this command:

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-2018.2 Telemetry.TelemetryEnabled "0"

To enable usage reporting again, run the same command but specify 1 instead of 0.

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Turn off error reporting

If Tableau Desktop has a problem and shuts down unexpectedly, crash dump files and logs are generated. The next time the user opens Tableau, a dialog prompt opens that enables the user to take one of the following actions:

  • Upload the crash files.

  • Decline to upload the crash files.

  • Permanently opt out from uploading the crash files.

If the user uploads the files, they are zipped together into an encrypted package using a 2048-bit RSA key and sent to Tableau so that an engineer can analyze and identify the issues that caused the crash.

The encrypted package includes:

  • Crash dump files (.dmp)

  • Error log files related to the crash (.log)

  • Manifest files related to the crash (.maifest)

The data in these files can include machine-specific information, a snapshot of the contents of the memory at the time of the crash (this can include application activity details, data connection information, actions taken by the user or data being worked on in Tableau), and customer-identifiable information.

If your organization is subject to data privacy regulations, you can disable this prompt from showing by editing the registry (Windows) or running a script (Mac) on each desktop to prevent users from uploading the crash dump files and logs.

Windows

  1. As an administrator on the computer where Tableau is installed, make a backup of the registry file before you make any changes to it.

  2. Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)

  3. Set the CrashReportUpload registry key to 2.

    Registry key location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tableau\<version>\Prompts

Mac

Run the following command from the Terminal command prompt:

defaults write com.tableau-<TABLEAU VERSION>.plist Prompts.CrashReportUpload -string 2

For example in Tableau Desktop 2018.2, use this command:

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-2018.2.plist Prompts.CrashReportUpload -string 2

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Turn off dashboard extensions

Use dashboard extensions to expand dashboard functionality with the help of web applications created by third-party developers. If you don't want to make this option available to your users you can disable this functionality by editing the registry (Windows) or running a script (Mac) on each desktop.

For more information about dashboard extensions, see Use Dashboard Extensions.

Windows

  1. As an administrator on the computer where Tableau is installed, make a backup of the registry file before you make any changes to it.

  2. Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)

  3. Set the DisableExtensions registry key to 1.

    Registry key location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tableau\Tableau <version>\Settings\Extensions\DisableExtensions

Mac

Run the following command from the Terminal command prompt:

defaults write com.tableau-<TABLEAU VERSION>.plist Settings.Extensions.DisableExtensions "1"

For example in Tableau Desktop 2018.3, use this command:

defaults write com.tableau.Tableau-2018.3.plist Settings.Extensions.DisableExtensions "1"

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