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Keyboard Shortcuts

This is a list of keyboard shortcuts for authoring in Tableau. For information on navigating an embedded view using a keyboard, see Keyboard access for embedded Tableau views.

Shortcuts for managing workbooks, sheets, and files (Tableau Desktop)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
New workbook Ctrl+N Command+N
New worksheet Ctrl+M Command+T
Describe sheet Ctrl+E Command+E
Cycle forward through open worksheets Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+F6 Shift+Command+Right Bracket
Cycle backward through open worksheets Ctrl+Shift+Tab, Ctrl+Shift+F6 Shift+Command+Left Bracket
Switch in and out of Presentation Mode F7 , Ctrl+H Option+Return
Switch in and out of Full Screen mode   Control+Command+F
Open file Ctrl+O Command+O
Save file Ctrl+S Command+S
Save file as Ctrl+Shift+S  
Revert workbook to last saved state F12 Option+Command+E
Close the current workbook Alt+F4 Command+W
Print Ctrl+P Command+P
Open Help F1 Control+Command+Question Mark

Shortcuts for managing workbooks, sheets, and files (Tableau Server, Tableau Online)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
New worksheet Ctrl+Alt+T Command+Alt+T
Switch in and out of Full Screen mode F11 Control+Command+F
Save file Ctrl+S Command+S
Save workbook as Ctrl+Shift+S Shift+Command+S
Close the current workbook Alt+F4 Alt+Q
Print (or export as PDF) Ctrl+P Command+P
Open Help F1 Control+Command+Question Mark

Shortcuts for data (Tableau Desktop)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Connect to data source Ctrl+D Command+D
Activate the find command in the Data pane Ctrl+F Command+F
Refresh the data source F5 Command+R
Run data updates on a view F9 Shift+Command+0
Toggle automatic data updates on and off F10 Option+Command+0

Shortcuts for data (Tableau Server, Tableau Online)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Connect to data source Ctrl+D Command+D
Rename data source Alt+F2 Option+F2
New data source Ctrl+Alt+D Control+D
Edit data source Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D Control+Shift+D

Shortcuts for authoring views (Tableau Desktop)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Show Me! Ctrl+1 , Ctrl+Shift+1 Command+1
Add the selected field to the sheet. (Only works with a single field.) Enter or double-click Return or double-click
Place selected field on Columns shelf Alt+Shift+C Option+Shift+C
Place selected field on Filters shelf Alt+Shift+F Option+Shift+F
Place selected field on Size Alt+Shift+I Option+Shift+I
Place selected field on Detail Alt+Shift+L Option+Shift+L
Place selected field on Color Alt+Shift+O Option+Shift+O
Place selected field on Pages shelf Alt+Shift+P Option+Shift+P
Place selected field on Rows shelf Alt+Shift+R Option+Shift+R
Place selected field on Shape Alt+Shift+S Option+Shift+S
Place selected field on Text/Label Alt+Shift+T Option+Shift+T
Place selected field on Rows shelf Alt+Shift+X Option+Shift+X
Place selected field on Columns shelf Alt+Shift+Y Option+Shift+Y
Open the Drop Field menu Right-click+Drag to shelf Option+Drag to shelf
Copy a field in the view and place it on another shelf or card Ctrl+Drag Command+Drag
Swap rows and columns Ctrl+W Control+Command+W
Flip orientation of column labels at bottom of view Ctrl+L  
Toggle dashboard grid on and off G G
Toggle between Dashboard and Layout tabs T T
Cut text selection (in captions, titles, formulas, etc.) Ctrl+X Command+X
Paste clipboard Ctrl+V Command+V
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Command+Shift+Z
Clear the current worksheet Alt+Shift+Backspace Option+Shift+Delete
Move floating dashboard object Arrow key moves 1 pixel, Shift+arrow moves 10 pixels Arrow key moves 1 pixel, Shift+arrow moves 10 pixels

Resize floating dashboard object

Alt+arrow key resizes in 1-pixel increments, Shift+Alt+arrow resizes in 10-pixel increments Option+arrow key resizes in 1-pixel increments, Shift+Alt+arrow resizes in 10-pixel increments

Shortcuts for authoring views (Tableau Server, Tableau Online)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Add the selected field to the sheet. (Only works with a single field.) Double-click Double-click
Copy a field in the view and place it on another shelf or card Ctrl+Drag Command+Drag
Toggle dashboard grid on and off G G
Toggle between Dashboard and Layout tabs T T
Cut text selection (in captions, titles, formulas, etc.) Ctrl+X Command+X
Paste clipboard Ctrl+V Command+V
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Command+Shift+Z
Clear the current worksheet Alt+Shift+Backspace Option+Shift+Delete
Move floating dashboard object Arrow key moves 1 pixel, Shift+arrow moves 10 pixels Arrow key moves 1 pixel, Shift+arrow moves 10 pixels

Resize floating dashboard object

Alt+arrow key resizes in 1-pixel increments, Shift+Alt+arrow resizes in 10-pixel increments Option+arrow key resizes in 1-pixel increments, Shift+Alt+arrow resizes in 10-pixel increments
Rename column field (when field is selected in the data schema pane)

F2

F2

Shortcuts for resizing rows and columns (Tableau Desktop)

Smaller cell size Ctrl+B Command+B
Bigger cell size Ctrl+Shift+B Command+Shift+B
Make rows narrower Ctrl+Left Arrow Control+Command+Left Arrow
Make rows wider Ctrl+Right Arrow Control+Command+Right Arrow
Make columns shorter Ctrl+Down Arrow Control+Command+Down Arrow
Make columns taller Ctrl+Up Arrow Control+Command+Up Arrow

Shortcuts for pages (Tableau Desktop)

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Start or stop forward playback on the Pages shelf F4 F4
Start or stop backward playback on the Pages shelf Shift+F4 Shift+F4
Skip forward one page Ctrl+Period Command+Period
Skip backward one page Ctrl+Comma Command+Comma

Shortcuts for selection tools

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Select all data Ctrl+A Command+A
Copy selected data Ctrl+C Command+C
Use Rectangular Selection tool A A
Use Lasso Selection Tool D D
Use Radial Selection Tool S S
Clear the mark selection Esc Esc

Shortcuts for selecting and navigating marks

Description Windows shortcut Mac shortcut
Select a mark Click Click
Select a group of marks Drag Drag
Add individual marks to the selection Ctrl+Click Command+Click
Add a group of marks to the selection Ctrl+Drag Command+Drag
Pan around the view Shift+Drag Shift+Drag
Zoom in to a point in the view (if not map, requires zoom mode) Double-click , Ctrl+Shift+Click Double-click, Shift+Command+Click
Zoom out from a point on a map (if not map, requires zoom mode) Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Click Shift+Option+Command+Click
Zoom out Shift+Double-click Shift+Double+click
Zoom in to an area in the view (requires zoom mode if not map) Ctrl+Shift+Drag Shift+Command+Drag
Zoom in and out on a map Scroll Scroll
Drag a row and scroll through a long list simultaneously Click+Drag to bottom of pane+Hold Click+Scroll, Command+Hold