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What’s New in Tableau Online

This topic contains an overview of some of the key new features added in Tableau Online, starting with the most recent release.

October 2018 updates

Improved content browsing (in-release beta)

With Tableau Online and Tableau Server 2018.3, you and your web users can get a sneak preview of our reorganized content browsing experience. The new experience lets you see multiple content types—views, workbooks, data sources, flows, projects—in one grid or list. For example, you can now see all content inside a particular project and its sub-projects.

This new experience intends to make content discovery more intuitive, and it’s the first in a set of planned changes that are aimed at improving self-service and governance of your Tableau content.

To try the new browsing experience, enable the site-level setting we’ve provided for it. For more information, see Preview the Updated Content Browsing Experience in Tableau Server Help. (These steps also apply to Tableau Online.)

After you enable the new experience, encourage your users to sign in to our Early Feedback site, share their thoughts with us, and see our regular development updates.

Web authoring enhancements

  • Build density maps and charts. Use the density mark to create maps and charts that can help you identify "hot spots" in your data.
  • Add image objects to your dashboards. Easily adjust your image, add a target URL, and add alt-text to improve the accessibility of your dashboard.
  • Add navigation buttons to dashboards. Buttons can help users navigate to another dashboard, a sheet, or a story. Optionally customize the button with an image of your own, or add guiding tooltip text.
  • Make worksheets transparent by setting the worksheet background color to None.
  • Select Duplicate as Crosstab to insert a new worksheet into your workbook and populate the sheet with a cross-tab view of the data from the original worksheet.
  • Create, move, and resize point, mark, and area annotations.

For related information on new features, also see What's New in Tableau Desktop and Authoring Help.

Product help search, navigation, and layout improvements

Search results within the product help have been expanded to include results for all Tableau products and help articles. Help layout and navigation, such as table of contents placement and breadcrumbs, have been updated to create a more consistent cross-product help experience.

Secure extract data at the row level

Secure your extract data at the row level using existing approaches for implementing row-level security in Tableau. For more information, see Restrict Access at the Data Row Level in the Tableau User Help.

July 2018 updates

Tableau Online migrated to Linux servers. For more information, see Tableau Online Pod Migrations on the Tableau website.

Changes to Tableau Help

Search results within the product help have been expanded to include results for all Tableau products and help articles. Help layout and navigation, such as table of contents placement and breadcrumbs, have been updated to create a more consistent cross-product help experience.

Install Tableau Bridge separately from Tableau Desktop

Beginning with the 2018.2 release, you can install Tableau Bridge separately from Tableau Desktop. For more information about Tableau Bridge requirements, compatibility with previous version of Tableau Desktop, and Tableau Bridge client installation, see Install Tableau Bridge.

No auto-restart for Tableau Bridge

The standalone Tableau Bridge client does not use an auto-restart interval to restart itself automatically. For more information about the auto-restart interval required by previous versions of Tableau Bridge, see Tableau Bridge Frequently Asked Questions in the Tableau Knowledge Base.

Note: If you upgrade from Tableau Bridge 2018.1 and earlier to Tableau Bridge 2018.2, the auto-restart interval that remains in the configuration file is ignored.

Font support in Tableau Online

Tableau Online includes the following "web safe" fonts: Arial, Courier New, Georgia, Tableau, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, and Verdana.

If a visualization uses a font that is not available on Tableau Online, Tableau Online displays the visualization using a default system font instead. For more information, see Fonts Not Displaying as Expected After Publishing knowledge base article on the Tableau website.

Validate live connections in Tableau Bridge using Application mode

You can now quickly validate live connections in Tableau Bridge using Application mode. This means you can also choose to run live queries only when you are logged on to Windows if the site administrator has enabled the option. For more information, see How Tableau Bridge Works.

Manage dashboard extensions in Tableau Online

Dashboard extensions are web applications that provide users new ways to interact with data from other applications directly in Tableau. You can control the dashboard extensions that you allow to run in Tableau and can manage the extension's access to data. To learn more about controlling extensions, see Manage Dashboard Extensions in Tableau Online.

Include colleagues on data conversations with @mentions

To engage people in a conversation about compelling data you find in a view, @mention them in comments. As you begin to type a name, matching people with Tableau accounts at your organization appear in a list you can choose from. For more information, see Comment on Views in Tableau User Help.

Site administrators can disable @mentions in the General section of site settings.

Web authoring enhancements

  • Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly create and edit views on the web. See Keyboard Shortcuts in Tableau User Help.

  • Create multi-connection data sources and join data from different databases (cross-database joins). See Join Your Data in Tableau User Help.

  • Union data from the same data connection on the web. See Union Your Data in Tableau User Help.

  • When working with file-based data sources, you can pivot data from crosstab format into columnar format. See Pivot Data from Columns to Rows in Tableau User Help.

  • Copy selected values in your data grid by pressing Ctrl+C (Windows) or (Command+C) (macOS). Alternatively, to copy selected values in the metadata grid, right-click, and select Copy.

  • Find fields in the Data pane using schema search.

  • Better control over sorting. Use nested sort to sort dimension values within the context of each pane. You no longer need to create calculated fields or combine dimensions. For more information, see Sort Data in a Visualization in Tableau User Help.

    Also, you can now access the Sort dialog box by right-clicking a dimension field on the Rows or Columns shelves in a view.

  • If you've changed a view (for example, by adjusting filters), you can now create data alerts without first saving a custom view.

  • You now have two ways to open the Edit Axis dialog box. Hover near the top of the axis (vertical axis) or to the right (horizontal axis) and click the drop-down arrow that appears. Or, double-click the axis.

  • When you select Logarithmic scale for an axis, you now have the option to specify Symmetric to display data that contains 0 or negative values on a log scale axis. For details, see Edit Axes in Tableau User Help.

  • Create and delete annotations by right-clicking the view (in a worksheet or dashboard), and then selecting point or mark annotation. Right-click the annotation again to edit or remove the annotation.

Materialize calculations in extracts already published to Tableau Online

If you need to retroactively materialize calculations in extracts that have already been published to Tableau Online, you can use tabcmd to refresh the published extract with the --addcalculations option. For more information about materializing calculations in extracts, see Materialize Calculations in Your Extracts in the Tableau User Help. For more information about the tabcmd option, see refreshextracts workbook-name or datasource-name.

April 2018 updates

New user-based term licenses are now available

Tableau now offers different types of user-based term licenses that grant a range of web authoring and other capabilities at various price points. This gives organizations more flexibility to fit licenses to the data analysis and visualization needs of different users. To learn more, see User-based licenses, or to see the capabilities of each license, see Tableau Pricing.

Quickly analyze cloud-based data with Dashboard Starters

Dashboard Starters help you quickly author and analyze data from cloud-based systems like Salesforce, ServiceNow, Oracle Eloqua, and Marketo. Simply create a new workbook and choose from several beautiful, informative designs that are tailor-made for key business metrics. For more information, see Dashboard Starters for Cloud-based Data in Tableau User Help.

Configure additional Tableau Bridge clients to load balance live connections

Site administrators can configure additional Tableau Bridge clients on different computers to load balance live queries. For more information, see Allow Publishers to Maintain Live Connections to On-Premises Data.

Cancel a scheduled extract refresh that's in progress using Tableau Bridge

There may be situations where you need to cancel an in-progress extract refresh. You can cancel an in-progress extract refresh if you have configured the extract to refresh on a schedule using Tableau Bridge. For more information, see Create a Schedule for a Tableau Bridge Data Source.

Connect to data on the web

With a Creator user license, you can connect to data directly in your browser. Upload Excel or text-based data sources, connect to data housed in a cloud database or on a server in your enterprise, or connect to published data saved to your site. For more information, see Creators: Connect to data on the web.

Prepare your data on the web

With a Creator user license, use the Data Sources tab to prepare your data for analysis. Create joins, add new data sources, clean your data using the Data Interpreter, and more. For more information, see Creators: Prepare Data on the Web.

Add an accessible toolbar to an embedded view

Authors can enable an accessible toolbar so that all users can add comments, download the view, or share it with others. For more information, see Publish and embed the view in Author Views for Accessibility.

Download your workbook in an earlier version of Tableau

You may need to download your workbook to a different version of Tableau, for example, if the workbook needs to be opened in an earlier version of Tableau Desktop. You have the option of downloading your workbook in its current version, or downgrading it to an earlier version. For more information about version compatibility, see Make Workbooks Compatible Between Versions.

Web Authoring Enhancements

  • When editing a view on the web, you can resize the width of row headers and the height of column headers.

      

  • Show Me is now available for dashboards.

  • Double-click an annotation to edit its text.

  • Hide or show a Viz in Tooltip worksheet. In the target worksheet that is the Viz in Tooltip, click Hide. To show the Viz in Tooltip worksheet again, in the source worksheet, click Unhide All Sheets.

  • Filter hierarchical data in views by using the All Values in Hierarchy filter option.

  • Change the Line mark type to a step line or a jump line by clicking the Path property in the Marks card.

  • Double-click an axis to edit axis settings.

February 2018 updates

Streamline discussion threads by deleting comments

If a comment is unnecessary or inaccurate, you can quickly delete it. Just click the X in the upper-right corner. For more information, see Comment on Views in Tableau User Help.

January 2018 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.5.

Recommended data sources

Recommended data sources show Tableau Desktop users relevant data sources published to Tableau Server and Tableau Online. These recommendations are based on published data sources used by other users in your organization with similar usage behavior as the current user.

To keep the recommendations accurate and up to date, the server checks for the following each day:

  • New content - for example, new or updated data sources.

  • New usage information - for example, Laura Rodriquez used the Food Catering data source and Henry Wilson used the Monthly Sales data source.

For information on recommended data sources, see Use Certified and Recommended Data Sources and Tables in Tableau User Help.

Nested projects

You can now create project hierarchies when you want to segment content into sub-sections within a larger area. For example, you might create a project for each department. In each of those top-level projects, you can separate content based on how the audience uses it, such as connecting to certified data versus in-progress collaboration. For more information, see the following articles:

Extracts use new .hyper format

When you create an extract, it uses the new .hyper format. Extracts in this new format take advantage of the improved data engine, which supports the same analytical and query performance as the data engine before it, but for even larger extracts. Similarly, when you perform an extract task on a .tde extract, the extract is upgraded to a .hyper extract. For more information, see Extract Upgrade to .hyper Format.

Changes to the way values are computed

To improve data source efficiency and scalability, and produce results that are consistent with commercial databases, values in your data source can be computed differently in version 10.5. In some cases, these changes can cause differences with the values and marks in your view between version 10.4 (and earlier) and version 10.5 (and later). This applies to extract data sources, and can apply to multi-connection data sources, data sources that use live connections to file-based data, data sources that connect to Google Sheets data, cloud-based data sources, extract-only data sources, and WDC data sources. For more information, see Changes to values and marks in the view in the Tableau User Help.

Desktop operating system requirements (64-bit replaces 32-bit)

Starting with version 10.5, Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public (desktop) run only on 64-bit operating systems. Version 10.4 is the last version of Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public to support 32-bit Windows operating systems.

New in Web Authoring

  • Add text objects to dashboards and edit them.

  • Edit worksheet and dashboard titles. Double-click the title to open the Edit Title dialog box.

  • Edit trend lines and view a description of the trend model. To view the trend model, hover over any part of the trend line. To edit a trend line on the web, click a trend line and hold the cursor in place, and then click the Edit menu.

  • Trend lines now include a Power option.

  • Create hierarchies by dragging one dimension onto another in the Data pane.

  • Set the default color property for a field.

  • For quantitative color legends, advanced settings are available (dates not included).

  • Edit axes on the web. To open the Edit Axis dialog box on the web, double-click an axis in the view. Options available from the Edit Axis dialog box include Synchronize dual axes, clearing the axis range (Reset), and editing tick marks. You can also enable or disable Dual axis in a field context menu (right-click a measure field on Rows or Columns shelf).

Filtered search hidden by default

Filtered search options are now located on the right side of pages, and are hidden by default. The toggle is a dark icon () when the Filters pane is open and a light icon () when the Filters pane is closed. For details on searching, see Search Content.

To use filtered search, click .

September 2017 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.4.

Data-driven alerts

When data reaches important thresholds for your business, data-driven alerts automatically send email notifications to key people users specify. For information on how to create and manage these alerts, see Send Data-Driven Alerts in Tableau User Help.

Data source certification

Certification offers a way to promote data sources through curation. Site administrators and project leaders can certify data sources that meet your organization’s security and compliance standards, or any other standards you define. For more information, see User Certification to Help Users Find Trusted Data.

Tableau Bridge support for live connections

Live query functionality in Tableau Bridge can now be enabled by site administrators without requesting access from Tableau. Use Tableau Bridge to maintain live connections to on-premises relational data, and to perform scheduled extract refreshes. For more information, see Use Tableau Bridge to Expand Data Freshness Options.

Enhanced commenting on views

Commenting has been completely redesigned to inspire conversations about data discoveries. The new Comments pane appears to the right of views, rather than at the bottom, so you can see the discussion and the data at the same time. Profile images automatically appear too, helping you quickly identify other users. To share filtered views with them, add interactive snapshots along with your comments to highlight the data you're describing.

Any comments you add in a desktop browser also appear in Tableau Mobile, and vice versa, so you can easily communicate with colleagues on the go. Comments remain with a view even if you revise the containing workbook (as long as the view name remains the same). For more information, see Comment on Views.

Learn who has seen a view

If you own a view, you can quickly find out who at your organization has seen it. At the top of a main site page, click Views. Then hover over the specific view you're interested in, and select Who Has Seen This View? from the menu at upper-right.

WCAG-conformant drop-down filters in embedded views

Single Value (drop-down) and Multiple Values (drop-down) filters are now WCAG-conformant when accessed in embedded views. For more information, see Build Data Views for Accessibility and Author Views for Accessibility.

New to Web Authoring

Precise dashboard spacing, with border and background color controls

If you previously used blank objects to refine dashboard layouts, you'll really appreciate the new spacing controls. Padding lets you precisely position items on dashboard, while borders and background colors let you visually highlight them. For more details, see Add padding, borders, and background colors around items.

Turn on the View Toolbar on the web

In prior releases, when authoring on the web, you could only see and use the View Toolbar when working with map views. Now you can turn on the View Toolbar for any view or dashboard in your workbook in web authoring. From the top menu, select Worksheet > Show View Toolbar and select an option.

Edit groups

Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can edit groups. To edit a group, in the Data pane, right-click a group field and select Edit Group. In the Edit Group dialog box that opens, you can add or remove members from an existing group, as well as create new groups in the group field. You can also choose to Include an Other group. For more information, see Group Your Data.

Create aliases

Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can create aliases for members in a dimension so that their labels appear differently in the view. To create aliases for a field, in the Data pane, right-click a dimension and select Aliases. In the Edit Aliases dialog box, under Value (Alias), select a member and enter a new name. For more information, see Create Aliases to Rename Members in the View.

Format lines

When you are authoring on the web, you can quickly change all the lines in your workbook. Select Format > Workbook, then expand the Lines section on the Format Workbook and make your selections. For more information, see Format at the Workbook Level.

July 2017 updates

User-specific time zones for subscription schedules

Subscription schedules were previously limited to one time zone, but now users can choose any time zone. At the top of the browser window, click your name, and select My Account Settings. Then, under Subscription time zone, select the time zone for schedules you create.

June 2017 updates

Default task priority for all extract refreshes

To ensure fair distribution of processing for all Tableau Online customers, we're removing the ability for site administrators to set task priority for scheduled extract refreshes. All previously set priorities will return to the default value.

May 2017 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.3.

Tableau Online sync client evolves into Tableau Bridge

Limited release, by request. The Tableau Online sync client has gained some new functionality and a new name to go with it. Use Tableau Bridge to maintain live connections to on-premises relational data. Bridge also takes on all of the functionality that was provided in the sync client for scheduling extract refreshes. Your existing schedules will continue to run as previously defined in the sync client. 

Live query functionality is currently available to site administrators by request only. For more information, see Use Tableau Bridge to Expand Data Freshness Options.

Encrypted SAML assertions from Identity Providers

Tableau Online now supports encrypted SAML assertions from Identity Providers. To learn more about configuring SAML single-sign-on, see Enable SAML Authentication on a Site.

Site access for support users

Tableau Online administrators can allow approved Tableau support technicians to access their Tableau Online site to help troubleshoot a customer support case. To learn more, see Enable Support Access.

Help Redesign

Starting with version 10.3, Tableau Desktop Help is now known as Tableau Help. Tableau Help contains all help topics related to analyzing and consuming data in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, and Tableau Online. This help is for people who create workbooks or data sources and publish them, and for people who want to see, interact with, and share views in Tableau.

We welcome your feedback on this change, as well as any feedback or ideas you might have on how to make our content better. Please use the feedback bar on the top of any page ("Was this page helpful?") to open the comment field and submit your feedback.

Using Tableau on the Web provides links to the topics that used to be located in Tableau Server and Tableau Online help.

New to Web Authoring

Web authoring topics for Tableau Server and Tableau Online are now located in Tableau Help, starting with version 10.3.

Save data source

You now have the option to save a data source that is embedded with a published workbook, as a separate, published data source on Tableau Server and Tableau Online that other users can connect to. When you save the data source, you can choose to update the workbook to connect to the newly saved data source.

Edit quantitative color legends

You can now edit the color palette for continuous color legends in web authoring. You can open the Edit Colors dialog box from the Marks card or by clicking the drop-down arrow on the legend.

Marks card: Legend:

You can also set a custom color for the start and end colors by entering the Hex value.

Edit colors on separated legends

When you create separate color legends for measures in your view, you are no longer restricted to using only the default color palette or the color palette assigned to each color legend when the view was published from Tableau Desktop.

In web authoring mode, you can now select different color palettes for each legend. Click the drop-down arrow on the legend to open the Edit Colors dialog box and then select the color palette. You can also set custom start and end colors using Hex values.

Customize how people interact with your map

In web authoring mode, you can now customize how your audience interacts with your map view in the following ways using the Map Options dialog box:

  • Show a map scale
  • Hide map search
  • Hide the view toolbar
  • Turn off pan and zoom

For more information, see Customize How People Interact with your Map.

Format numbers on the web

You can now specify basic number formatting for measures in the view on Tableau Server and Tableau Online. For more information, see Format Numbers and Null Values on Tableau Server or Tableau Online.

Create stories

In web authoring, you can now create a story to tell a data narrative, provide context, demonstrate how decisions relate to outcomes, or to simply make a compelling case. See Create a Story for details.

Create and edit bins

Create bins from continuous measures and edit them in Tableau Server and Tableau Online, similar to how you do it in Tableau Desktop. For details, see Create Bins from a Continuous Measure.

Drag fields to Show Me in the view

Select and drag dimensions and measures of interest to the view area. A "Show Me" view is automatically created. You can then click other Show Me options to try different view types.

Drill up and down a continuous hierarchy in the view

In a view with a continuous hierarchy, hover near the headers on a continuous axis to display the + and - controls. Click to drill down or up.

March 2017 updates

Google authentication

Google authentication gives you the convenience of using your Google ID and password with Tableau Online, thus reducing the number of sign-in prompts when accessing Tableau Online. Your site administrator can manage these credentials in a central location so that you no longer need to reset multiple passwords. For more information about Google authentication, see Authentication.

Custom schedules for subscriptions

Subscription schedules used to be limited to a set of standard options, but now you can receive emails on whatever schedule works best for you. To learn more, see Subscribe to Views.

February 2017 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.2.

The following items in What’s New in Tableau Server also apply to Tableau Online.

  • Support for accessibility compliance

    The functionality referred to in this item is for Tableau Desktop authors who want to create accessible views that they publish to Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

  • Web authoring enhancements

November 2016 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.1.

Web authoring enhancements

  • Show or hide headers in a view.

  • View read-only device layouts for dashboards.

Full-screen views

To expand a view, click Full Screen at the far right of the toolbar. To return to the view to its previous size, press Esc.

Send subscriptions for high-priority alerts

If you’ve configured a view to contain data only when high-priority information exists, select the new subscription option, Don’t send if view is empty. For more information, see Subscribe to Views and Manage Your Subscription Settings.

New location for downloading tabcmd

The tabcmd installer is now available from the Tableau Server Releases page on the Tableau website. In this location, you can always find the latest version of tabcmd.

The tabcmd download is on the release notes, under the version number.

The link from the Tableau Online Help has changed, too. If you bookmark this link, you can update it at Install tabcmd.

August 2016 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 10.0.

Continued improvements to the publishing process

Where version 9.3 brought improvements to publishing data sources, 10.0 extends the improvements to publishing workbooks.

If your workbook contains a connection to an extract, you are guided through the steps to schedule automatic refreshes. For connections to on-premises data, the publishing process starts the Tableau Online sync client to complete setting up the refresh schedule.

To learn more, see Publish a Workbook in the Tableau Desktop Help.

Email notification for extract refresh failures

A new site setting enables extract refresh failure notification emails. These emails are sent to the owner of a data source when a scheduled extract refresh for that data source does not complete successfully.

Site administrators can change the site configuration to opt out of the emails. Data source owners individually can update their account settings to opt in to or out of the emails.

Create, publish, and refresh multi-connection data sources

Starting with Tableau Desktop 10.0, you can join tables from different databases and publish data sources with multiple connections. During the publishing process, Tableau lets you embed credentials or set a refresh schedule for each applicable connection in the data source.

To learn more, see Combine tables from different data sources in the Tableau Desktop Help.

Web authoring and other browser environment improvements

Web authoring now includes more tools to help you edit and build analytics. Create new dashboards and edit existing ones; add published data sources to workbooks and blend them with existing data in your views.

To learn more, see What’s New in Tableau Server. Expand the 10.0 list and see the links under User.

March 2016 updates

Tableau Online servers were upgraded to version 9.3.

Schedule refresh tasks during publishing

When you publish a data source from Tableau Desktop, you are prompted to schedule refreshes as well. If the extract you publish is for data that Tableau Online cannot reach directly, such as a SQL Server database you maintain locally, you are prompted to start the sync client to schedule refreshes.

Run the sync client while you’re logged out of Windows

The sync client can now run as a Windows service, so you don’t need to remain logged in to your computer to run scheduled refreshes of your local extracts.

Content metrics and relevance

Find the right content quickly through metrics-based search results and sort options. List view and thumbnail view display metrics as well.

Zooming improvements for maps

Zooming in map views just got easier. You can now scroll or pinch and stretch to zoom in and out of a point on a map.

On-demand connections

When you load a workbook published to Tableau Online, Tableau connects only to the data sources that are required to display your data. If the workbook has multiple sheets, Tableau connects only to the data sources for the current sheet, so that you can view your data as soon as possible.

For data sources that require authentication, you can enter your credentials only for the current sheet. Previously, you needed to have credentials to all the data sources in the workbook before you could view any of the sheets.

Progressive loading of dashboards

Dashboards load progressively, so rather than wait for the entire dashboard to load, you can start analyzing your data as soon as the first section has finished loading.

January 2016 updates

Tableau Online added its first European server location. When you start a trial, you can select the location at which to host your site. The URL indicates the site location.

For information about using connections to cloud data on a European site, see Tableau Online IP addresses for data provider authorization.