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What's New in Tableau

Browse summaries of new features for currently supported versions.

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Help Redesign


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.

Connect to and Prepare Data


Store extract data in multiple tables

You can configure you extract to have its data stored in multiple tables. Storing your extract data in multiple tables can potentially improve performance and help reduce the file size. For more information, see Decide how the extract data should be stored.

New Other Databases (JDBC) connector

Use the Other Databases (JDBC) connector to connect to files or database types not listed under Connect and that use a database driver that implements the JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) standard. For more information, see Other Databases (JDBC).

New supported spatial files

Use the Spatial Files connector to connect to TopoJSON files, Esri File Geodatabase, and multi-layer KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files using the spatial file connector. For more information, see Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files.

Design Views and Analyze Data


Build density maps and charts

Create and interact with in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Online, or Tableau Server

Use the density mark to create maps and charts that can help you identify "hot spots" in your data. The density mark lets users see insights into densely populated data and visualize it as a smooth surface which can reveal patterns or relative concentrations that might otherwise be hidden due to overlapping marks. For more information on building density maps and charts, see Create Heatmaps that Show Trends or Density in Tableau, Build with Density Marks (Heatmap), and Density Marks.

Use set actions to let your audience change set values

Create in Tableau Desktop for interaction in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, or Tableau Online

Let your audience select what values are in a set by directly interacting with marks on a viz. You can use set actions to visually drive calculations and create visualizations with multi-faceted comparative analysis like proportional brushing.

Set actions can be used across multiple sets for more complex interactions. In this example, sets and calculated fields are working together with set actions for Category and Sub-Categories to update the viz based on what marks are selected. When a user clicks a category, its subcategories are displayed. When a user clicks a subcategory, its manufacturers are displayed. For more information, see Set Actions.

Set actions must be created in Tableau Desktop to be available for use in Tableau Online and Tableau Server.

Encrypted RServe connections

Connect to RServe as an external service over an encrypted channel from Tableau Desktop. Transfer data with an SSL/TLS secured connection for RServe integration. For more information, see Pass Expressions to External Services.

Navigate from dashboards more easily

Two new dashboard features make navigating to other sheets much easier. Both maintain selected filters and marks and let you navigate to sheets published as separate views (without visible tabs).

  • The Button object provides a quick way to navigate from one dashboard to another, or to other sheets or stories. To reveal a button's destination, add a custom image and informative tooltip text that appears when users hover over the object.

    For more information, see Add and edit objects.

  • The Go to Sheet action, which you can create only in Tableau Desktop, lets users navigate to other dashboards, sheets, or stories when they click on a mark or a tooltip menu item.

    For more information, see Actions and Dashboards.

Transparent worksheet backgrounds in dashboards

To make a worksheet transparent, set its background color to None. Visually integrate elements across your entire dashboard by combining transparent worksheets with transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters. For more information, see Visually integrate elements with transparency.

Automatically rearrange phone layouts

As you adjust dashboard items on a phone layout, click the pop-up menu to the right of Phone, and select Rearrange layout to optimize the placement of filters, remove white space, and more.

In the example below, filters are automatically moved higher so phone users don't need to scroll down to see them.

For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

New geocode data for maps

The geocoding database behind your Tableau map has been updated. While most maps will appear the same as earlier versions of Tableau, in some cases, the shape of the data may look slightly different, or contain different geocoding data. For information about specific location data, see Supported Map Data.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web


Improved content browsing

With Tableau Online and Tableau Server 2018.3, you can get a sneak preview of our reorganized web authoring environment (UI). The new UI enables you to 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 UI, ask your administrator to enable the site-level setting we’ve provided for it. For more information, see Preview the Updated Content Browsing Experience in the Tableau Server 2018.3 Help (this article applies to Tableau Online, too).

After you get access to the new UI, sign in to our Early Feedback site. There you can share your thoughts with us and get our regular development updates.

Add image objects to your dashboards

You can now add images to dashboards when authoring on the web. The new Image object lets you adjust image fit, add a target URL that opens when the image is clicked, and add alt text, which improves the accessibility of your dashboard for those who use screen readers.

While viewing a dashboard on the web, click Edit. From the Objects section at left, drag Image to the dashboard on the right.

For more information, see Add and edit objects.

Duplicate as Crosstab

To create a new cross-tab sheet based on the data in the current sheet in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, right-click the sheet tab (control-click on Mac) and select Duplicate as Crosstab. This inserts a new worksheet into your workbook and populates the sheet with a cross-tab view of the data from the original worksheet.

Create, move, and resize annotations

Create and delete annotations by right-clicking the view (in a worksheet or dashboard), and then selecting the type of annotation: point, mark, or area. Click the annotation to select it, then drag to move it, or click a selection handle to resize it. Right-click the annotation again to edit or remove the annotation.

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Install and Deploy Tableau


Install Tableau Bridge separately from Tableau Desktop

Tableau Bridge is now a stand-alone client that you install separately from Tableau Desktop. For more information about Tableau Bridge requirements, compatibility with previous versions of Tableau Desktop, and the installation process, see Install Tableau Bridge in the Tableau Online Help.

Note: If you install Tableau Bridge on the same computer as Tableau Desktop, you can start Tableau Bridge from the Server menu like you did in previous versions.

Connect to and Prepare Data


Join spatial files

You can now join two spatial files, spatial database tables (Microsoft SQL Server only), or spatial fields across two data sources. For more information, see Join Spatial Files in Tableau .

Enhancements for Intuit QuickBooks Online connector

There are several changes and enhancements to the Intuit QuickBooks Online connector that provide you with more flexibility. New transaction types are included in the Sales and Expenses Line Items table: Vendor Credit, Credit Memo, Journal Entry, Deposit, Estimate, Bill Payment, Payment, Purchase Order and Refund Receipt. Additionally, account information has been added to Credit Memo and Vendor Credit.

Individual transaction tables now have a new field called "Transaction Type" so you can join other tables to the Sales and Expenses Line Items table.

Design Views and Analyze Data


Perform a nested sort with one click

You can now use a nested sort operation without having to create calculated fields or combine dimensions. For more information, see Create a nested sort

Extend functionality with dashboard extensions

Extensions increase dashboard functionality with custom objects created by third-party developers. With extensions, you can add unique features to dashboards or directly integrate them with applications outside Tableau.

Adding an extension is easy. In Tableau Desktop or the web-authoring mode of Tableau Online or Tableau Server, simply drag the Extension object to a dashboard. Then click either Extension Gallery to choose from all available extensions, or My Extensions to select an extension you previously downloaded. (To directly browse the Extension Gallery, go to extensiongallery.tableau.com.)

For more information, see Use Dashboard Extensions.

Visually align dashboard items with a grid

To present a visually consistent design, arrange and size dashboard items over a grid. Choose Dashboard > Show Grid, or quickly toggle the grid on and off by pressing the G key.

For more information, see Size, position, and reorder individual dashboard items.

Precisely position and size floating items with arrow keys

To precisely position a floating item, press arrow keys to move 1 pixel, or Shift+arrow keys to move 10 pixels. To resize items, add Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) to the shortcuts above.

See a preview while dragging floating dashboard items

To give you a clear picture of how moved items will look in a new location, a preview appears while you drag them.

Float transparent filters, parameters, and highlighters over dashboards

To visually connect filters, parameters, and highlighters to related data, float these items, which are now transparent by default. Text always remains fully opaque, maintaining legibility.

For more information, see Tile or float dashboard items.

Automatically optimize dashboard layouts for mobile devices

When you create a device layout, Tableau Desktop now automatically optimizes for the device type, adjusting the arrangement of dashboard items to best fit a phone or tablet. Often, these automatic layouts will address all the needs of your mobile users, but you can always customize a layout further.

For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

Show negative values on a log axis

In Tableau Desktop and web authoring, 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 related details, see Change the axis scale to reversed or logarithmic.

Use ISO 8601 date standard in calculated fields

When creating a date calculation, you now have the option to use the ISO 8601 international standard to resolve the calculation. For more information, see Date Functions.

Prepare, Author, and View Data on the Web


Keyboard shortcuts for web authoring

Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly create and edit views on the web. For more information, see Shortcuts for web authoring.

Create multi-connection data sources and cross-database joins

Add a second connection to your data source and combine tables from different databases using a cross-database join. Your multi-connection data source can be saved for others in your organization to use. To learn more about cross-database joins, see Join Your Data.

Union your data on the web

Can create new unions and add to unions from the same connection in Tableau Online and Tableau Server. To learn more, see Union Your Data.

Pivot Data on the web

When working with file-based data sources on the web, you can pivot your data from crosstab format into columnar format. For more information, see Pivot Data from Columns to Rows.

Copy data on the web

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

Schema search

Quickly locate data fields in the Data pane using schema search.

Annotation improvements

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.

Edit Axis button on axes

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.

Better control over sorting

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

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server


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.

Quickly create data alerts on customized views

If you've changed a view (for example, by adjusting filters), you can now create alerts without first saving a custom view. For more information, see Send Data-Driven Alerts from Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Save and Publish Data Sources and Workbooks


Check how your workbook will look in an older version

It's important to know how your workbook will be affected before you export it to an older version of Tableau. The File > Export As command now gives you a clear picture, telling you if your workbook will change and which features are unsupported.

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Tableau Licensing


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.

Install and Deploy Tableau


Register Tableau Desktop from the command line

When you install Tableau Desktop from the command line (for Windows) you can now register the product as part of the install without having to complete the registration for new users through the user interface or as a separate command line operation.

Add a single command line that includes the REGISTER=“1” installer option. During the installation process, the installer will run the -register process and add the registration information. This process uses the registration information from the following location in the registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tableau\Registration\Data.

For information about adding registration information to the registry and the property settings for the -register property, see the "Register Tableau Desktop" and the "Installer properties" sections in Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Mac OS system requirements

Tableau Desktop version 2018.1 for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later. All Tableau Desktop versions 10.0 through 10.5 are compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Connect to and Prepare Data


Support for remote config files for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse

Tableau now supports using landscape XML files located on a remote HTTP server.

Connect to spatial columns in Microsoft SQL Server

You can now use spatial columns when you connect to Microsoft SQL Server in Tableau. You can also use Custom SQL and RAWSQL to perform advanced spatial analysis in Tableau. For more information, see Connect to Spatial Data in Microsoft SQL Server.

New connector name

Starting in Tableau 2018.1.4, the Cisco Information Server connector is renamed to TIBCO Data Virtualization.

Design Views and Analyze Data


Apply step lines and jump lines

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

Step lines and jump lines can help you see and compare incremental patterns of change over time. Use these line types for numeric data that remains constant for periods of time, with noticeable changes or deltas – such as account balances, inventory levels, or interest rates. For details, see Draw paths between marks.

Tips for analytics objects

In the Analytics pane, available analytics objects vary based on the current state of the data in a visualization. For example, you can't apply trend lines to the view when it contains stacked marks. Tooltips in the Analytics pane explain why an Analytics object isn't available, or provide a tip on what is required to use that object in the view.

Filter hierarchical data

When the data in your view contains hierarchies, filters for those fields can use the All Values in Hierarchy option. Your filtering experience now matches the parent/child relationships in the hierarchy.

For details on filtering options, see Set options for filter card interaction and appearance.

Hide a Viz in Tooltip worksheet

You can now hide worksheets used as Viz in Tooltips, the same way you would hide worksheets used in stories or dashboards. 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. For more details about Viz in Tooltip, see Create Views in Tooltips (Viz in Tooltip).

Refit saved clusters

Clusters are saved as groups so you can use them in other worksheets and workbooks, however, they don't automatically refresh. When the underlying data changes, you can now use the Refit option to refresh and recompute the data for your saved clusters. For related details, see Refit saved clusters in Find Clusters in Data.

Synchronize dual axes for different numeric data types

In a chart with dual axes, you can now synchronize dual axes for numeric data types that don't match. For example, you can synchronize an axis that uses an integer data type and an axis that uses decimal data type.

Navigate stories with arrows alone

If you like a clean, simple navigator style, select the new arrows-only option. For more information, see Create a Story.

Create dual-axis (layered) maps from generated and custom latitude and longitude fields

You can now create dual-axis maps from a combination of Tableau generated latitude and longitude fields, and custom latitude and longitude fields. For more information, see Create a dual-axis map from a combination of generated and custom latitude and longitude fields.

Author and View Data on the Web


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.

Resize headers on the web

Resize the width of row headers and the height of column headers.

  

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.

Other web authoring enhancements

  • 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.

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server


Quickly analyze cloud-based data with Dashboard Starters

If you use Tableau Online, Dashboard Starters help you quickly author and analyze data from cloud-based systems like Salesforce, ServiceNow, Marketo, and Eloqua. 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.

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.

Publish Data Sources and Workbooks


Downgrade workbooks in Tableau Online

If you create or edit a workbook in Tableau Online or Tableau Server, you can now downgrade it to a previous version so that users who are using Tableau Desktop 10.2 and later can still open the workbook. To downgrade the workbook in Server, open a view and select Download > Tableau Workbook and select the version that you want to downgrade to. The file will download to your computer.

The downgraded workbook can be opened in the version selected and later. Any features not available in that previous version will be removed when the workbook is downgraded.

For more information about version compatibility, see Make Workbooks Compatible Between Versions.

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Install and Deploy Tableau


Activate Tableau Desktop from the command line

When you install Tableau Desktop from the command line you can now activate the product without having to complete the activation process through the user interface. Instead add a single command line that includes the installer option ACTIVATE_KEY "<key>". During the installation process, the installer will run -activate and apply the license key you provide to activate the product automatically.

For more information about installing Tableau from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Turn off driver downloads from the command line (Windows)

When you install Tableau Desktop the most common drivers are automatically installed for you. To prevent all or some of these drivers from installing automatically, you can turn off that option during install.

  • To prevent all drivers from being automatically installed, do one of the following:

    • During install, from the Installer screen, click Customize. Then clear the Install database drivers: Microsoft SQL Server, PostreSQL and Amazon Redshift check box.

    • From the command line, set the DATABASEDRIVERS = "0"

  • To prevent one or more of these drivers from being automatically installed, do the following:

    • Leave the Install database drivers: Microsoft SQL Server, PostreSQL and Amazon Redshift check box selected, or from the command line, set the DATABASEDRIVERS = "1"

    • Add a command line and set DRIVER_MSSQL, DRIVER_POSTGRES or DRIVER_REDSHIFT to "0" to disable an individual driver.

For more information about installing Tableau from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop.

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.

Connect to and Prepare Data


Extracts use the new .hyper format

Beginning with version 10.5, 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 using version 10.5, 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.

Google authentication method update

Starting in October 2017, Google's updated security requirements changed the connection workflow for some Tableau connectors. Now Tableau opens at tab in your external default browser when connecting to data that uses OAuth authentication. The connectors affected are Google Sheets, Google BigQuery, Google Analytics, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box.

New Box connector

Use the Box connector to connect to Box data. For more information, see Box.

Support for SSL authentication to IBM DB2 and BigInsights databases

You can now connect to IBM DB2 and IBM BigInsights databases using SSL authentication. For more information, see IBM DB2 and IBM BigInsights.

Use the Extract API

You can use the Extract API 2.0 to create .hyper extracts. For tasks that you previously performed using the Tableau SDK, such as publishing extracts, you can use the Tableau Server REST API or the Tableau Server Client (Python) library. For refresh tasks, you can also use the Tableau Server REST API. For more information, see Tableau Extract API.

SAP HANA support for failover

Tableau supports connecting to a server that’s configured for failover. For more information, see SAP HANA.

SAP Sybase ASE support for SSO

You can now connect to SAP Sybase ASE data using single sign-on (SSO). For more information, see SAP Sybase ASE .

Support for OData V4

Tableau now supports OData version 4.0. For more information, see OData.

Oracle Eloqua connector update

The Oracle Eloqua connector now supports incremental refreshes, validation for tables with more than 250 fields, and support for additional tables. For more information, see Oracle Eloqua.

Design Views and Analyze Data


Show visualizations in tooltips

As you craft views and look for ways to reveal more details about data to your audience, you can embed visualizations within tooltips—aka "Viz in Tooltip."

When you show related views in tooltips, you can help your audience engage with the data at a deeper level, while maximizing the space available for the current view. For details, see Create Views in Tooltips (Viz in Tooltip).

Power trend lines

When you add trend lines to a view, a Power option is now available. For related details, see Add Trend Lines to a Visualization and the "Power" model type in Trend Line Model Types .

Map data updates and additions

In Tableau 10.5, additional cities are available for South East Asia, Central America, and South America.

Demographic data updates including 2018 to 2023 statistical projections are now available.

U.S. Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas

(MSA) have been updated to 2015 definitions.

Updates are now available for U.S. postcodes.

Additionally, the following updates are now available for China:

  • The areas of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin no longer contain city-level districts in the Administrative level 2/County geographic role.

  • Administrative level 2 features in China (prefecture-level cities, prefectures, leagues, autonomous prefectures) are considered cities in Tableau. The center points of these areas are included in the City geographic role as well.

  • Additional cities such as Tiemenguan are now included in the City geographic role.

  • Names for Administrative level 1 and 2 features are now consistent with names published by the People’s Republic of China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Extend dashboard dimensions to 10,000 pixels

To optimize designs for very large screens or vertical mobile layouts, you can now extend dashboard width and height to 10,000 pixels.

Publish Data Sources and Workbooks


Downgrade workbooks in Tableau Desktop

If you upgrade a workbook in Tableau Desktop to a newer version, you can now downgrade it to a previous version so that users who are using Tableau Desktop 10.2 and later can still open the workbook. To downgrade the workbook, in Tableau Desktop select File > Export As and select the version that you want to downgrade to. Then save it to your My Tableau Repository or a selected location.

The downgraded workbook can be opened in the version selected and later. Any features not available in that previous version will be removed when the workbook is downgraded.

For more information about version compatibility, see Make Workbooks Compatible Between Versions.

Note: This feature is not available for workbooks that include a Tableau Data Extract that has been refreshed in 10.5. The extract will have been converted to use the new .hyper format and this format can't be downgraded back to a .tde format.

New in Web Authoring


Edit axes

You can now 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).

Additional enhancements

  • 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).

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server


Upload custom images for user profiles

By default, users and groups now have profile images that reflect their first two initials. To help you visually distinguish between profile types, user images are circular, while group images are square.

User profiles support custom images. To upload one, go to your account settings page, and click the current image or initials next to your name.

If your organization uses Active Directory, default profile images come from that system. But two-letter images may briefly appear until Active Directory next synchronizes with your Tableau server.

Subscribe users in groups, and add custom messages

To quickly subscribe several users, you can select entire groups created by your Tableau administrator. Each user in a group is subscribed independently, so the list of recipients remains fully customizable.

You can also add custom messages to subscription emails, clarifying their contents.

For more information, see Subscribe to Views.

Rename workbooks on Tableau Online or Tableau Server

There's no need to republish workbooks just to rename them. Now you can rename workbooks directly on Tableau Online or Tableau Server. When you do, workbook URLs remain the same, so any links you've shared keep working.

Simply navigate to the main Workbooks area, click the pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of a workbook, and select Rename.

To rename a workbook, users need the Save permission. You'll have that by default for workbooks you own, but you might need to add it for other users. For details, see View or Edit Permission Rules in Help for Tableau site administrators.

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Install and Deploy Tableau


Remove previous versions of Tableau Desktop during install (Windows only)

When you install the latest version of Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader from the command line you can now automatically remove previous installed versions of those applications from the machine. Starting with version 10.4, you can set the REMOVEINSTALLEDAPP installer property setting to "1" and during install, the installer will detect and remove any previously installed versions back to version 9.3. If the machine has Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader version 9.2 or prior installed, those versions won't be automatically uninstalled. Instead you must manually uninstall them.

Note: Tableau Public doesn't use this installer property as it always removes the previous version when you install a new version.

For more information about how to set the installer properties from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Downgrade and publish workbooks to an older version of Tableau Server

In previous releases, publishing workbooks to Tableau Server could be problematic when Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server were on different major versions of the application. For example, if you tried to publish a workbook authored in Tableau Desktop 10.3 to Tableau Server running on version 10.2 you received an error like this one.

Now in Tableau Desktop 10.4 (Windows and Mac) when you publish a workbook to an older version of Tableau Server (10.2 and later), you receive a warning message instead that tells you that the workbook will be downgraded to the version that you are publishing to. Any features or functionality included in the workbook that aren't available in the older version is removed for compatibility.

Note: The new downgrade option is not available when publishing workbooks to Tableau Server 10.1 and earlier.

You can still open the downgraded workbook in the current version of Tableau Desktop, but you may need to add back the features that were removed when the workbook was downgraded. For more information about compatibility, see Version Compatibility Between Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Connect to and Prepare Data


Certified and recommended data sources

Have you ever wondered if you could trust your underlying data or wished you could avoid creating a totally new data source? Author Tableau views with confidence and speed using certified and recommended data sources previously published by others.

Certified data sources are supported by both Tableau Online and Tableau Server. These data sources are carefully chosen by site administrators and project leaders and appear with a unique certification badge. Hover over the badge to learn who certified the data source, read any descriptive notes they've provided, and confirm the connection type.

Here's how certified data sources look when you connect to data in Tableau Desktop.

And here's how you can identify certified data sources in Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

Recommended data sources are supported by Tableau Server. These data sources include personally certified ones and others automatically picked for you based on usage patterns at your organization. You can access recommended data sources on the right side of the data source setup page in Tableau Desktop, while you're signed in to Tableau Server.

Recommended data sources are supported for a subset of connectors. For more information, see Use Certified and Recommended Data Sources and Tables.

New Denodo connector

Use the Denodo connector to connect to Denodo data. For more information, see Denodo.

Other Databases (ODBC) connector on the Mac

You can now use the Other Databases (ODBC) connector on the Mac to connect to a database when the database driver you want to connect with implements the ODBC standard. For more information, see Other Databases (ODBC).

Oracle connector supports SSL

You can now connect to Oracle using SSL on premises, after you configure the Oracle client. For more information see Oracle.

SAP GUI 7.4 support

Tableau supports the new SAP UI Landscape XML format. For more information, see Support for SAPUILandscape.xml .

Create an SAP BW extract without a special license

Starting in 10.4, you can create an SAP BW extract without the need for a special license key. Prior to 10.4, SAP BW extracts were an unsupported beta feature. For more information, see Support for SAP BW extracts .

Design Views and Analyze Data


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.

A. Outer padding B. Blue border C. Inner padding with light blue background

To help you quickly produce attractive layouts, default outer padding is optimized for different types of dashboard items. Layout containers have no outer padding by default, sheets and objects have four pixels, and entire dashboards have eight pixels for trouble-free image and PDF export.

In the past, adjoining dashboard items were separated by a minimum of four pixels, but now you can create seamless designs by specifying zero outer padding.

Dashboard spacing is available in both Tableau Desktop and the web authoring workspace of Tableau Server and Tableau Online. For more details, see Add padding, borders, and background colors around items.

High DPI support for Windows

If DPI scaling is enabled on your Windows machines, you can now author your views with confidence, knowing that that they will look as beautiful at 100% scaling as they do at 200% scaling.

Before High DPI Scaling After High DPI Scaling

Support for linear geometries

Starting with Tableau 10.4, you can connect to spatial files that contain linear geometries.

To create a map with linear geometries:

  1. Connect to your spatial data.

  2. Navigate to a worksheet.

  3. In the Data pane, double-click the Geometry field.

    You can encode size and color, as well as add additional levels of detail to the view.

    For more information, see Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files.

Map data updates and additions

In Tableau 10.4, over 32,000 new U.S. cities are available. Additionally, the following NUTS codes are now supported:

  • DE401
  • DEB3I
  • DEG0I
  • DK012
  • DK021
  • EL641
  • ES521
  • HU321
  • NL230
  • NL327
  • AT113
  • FR623
  • AT322
  • LI000

MATLAB integration

You can access MATLAB® models (deployed on MATLAB production servers) in Tableau using SCRIPT_ functions, or pre-process your data using MATLAB and persist that data into a Tableau data extract for further analysis.

For more information, see Put your MATLAB models and algorithms to work in Tableau and Pass Expressions to External Services.

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 in Web Authoring


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.

From a dashboard, select the zone on the dashboard where you want to show the View Toolbar, then do one of the following:

  • From the top menu select Worksheet > Show View Toolbar.

  • Select the drop-down arrow, then select the appropriate option from the context menu.

Edit groups on the web

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.

Create aliases on the web

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:

  1. In the Data pane, right-click a dimension and select Aliases.

  2. In the Edit Aliases dialog box, under Value (Alias), select a member and enter a new name.

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.

Rich text editing for dashboards and stories

You can now edit dashboard titles and zones, as well as story titles and descriptions on the web.

To do so, double-click them and then update the text in the dialog box that opens.

For more information, see Format Titles, Captions, Tooltips, and Legends.

Share and Collaborate


Enhanced commenting on Tableau Server and Tableau Online

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 on Tableau Server and Tableau Online

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.

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Help Redesign


Combined help system

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.

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

Connect to and Prepare Data


Connect to .pdf files

Now you can use the PDF File connector to connect to tables in your .pdf files. For more information, see PDF File.

Union even more data

You can union tables from a .pdf file as well as Aster Database, Cloudera Hadoop, Hortonworks Hadoop, IBM DB2, IBM PDA (Netezza), Pivotal Greenplum Database, SAP Sybase ASE, SAP Sybase IQ, and Teradata. For more information about union, see Union Your Data.

Recommended tables and joins

When you’re setting up the Tableau data source or modifying an existing one, it can be helpful to see what tables are popular with other people at your organization. When you connect to a database while simultaneously signed in to Tableau Server (from Tableau Desktop), in the left pane a Recommended list shows the tables used most often in data sources and workbooks published to Tableau Server.

After you add a recommended table to the canvas, others tables that are frequently joined to it appear in the Recommended list. Double-click one to automatically create a recommended join between the tables, using the most popular fields and join type by default. Note: If foreign keys are specified in the database, they override the recommended joins.

Recommended tables and joins are supported for a subset of connectors. For more information, see Use Certified and Recommended Data Sources and Tables.

New connectors

New Amazon Athena connector

Use the Amazon Athena connector to connect to Amazon Athena data. For more information, see Amazon Athena.

New Dropbox connector

Use the Dropbox connector to connect data on Dropbox. For more information, see Dropbox.

New MongoDB BI connector

Use the MongoDB BI connector to connect to MongoDB BI data. For more information, see MongoDB BI Connector.

New OneDrive connector

Use the OneDrive connector to connect to data on OneDrive. For more information, see OneDrive.

New ServiceNow ITSM connector

Use the ServiceNow ITSM connector to connect to ServiceNow ITSM data. For more information, see ServiceNow ITSM.

JSON schema updates

Tableau scans the data in the first 10,000 rows of the JSON file and infers the schema from that process. Sometimes, more fields exist in rows that were not scanned to create the inferred schema. Now, Tableau indicates when additional fields are detected that you may want to include in your analysis. For more information, see JSON File.

Design Views and Analyze Data


Double-click to zoom

In prior releases, when you double-clicked on a view that used continuous measures for both the X and Y axis (also known as quantitative/quantitative views, for example scatter plots) and the View toolbar was turned off, Tableau would automatically zoom in.

This resulted in a confusing user experience. Now for these quantitative/quantitative non-map view types, Tableau no longer zooms in by default when you double-click on the view. This change applies to new workbooks and upgraded workbooks. The double-click to zoom functionality is also turned off by default for table and cross-tab chart types.

Tooltip selection

This feature enables you to select similar marks in a view from the tooltip by category. Any discrete dimension or measure that is included in the tooltip becomes an active link that you can click on to select other marks in the view that have the same value.

The example below shows how clicking on Machines in the tooltip selects all marks in the view that have the same sub-category, in this case, Machines.

This feature works on Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server and Tableau Mobile. It is turned on by default for new worksheets and turned off by default for upgraded worksheets. To turn the feature off or on, at the worksheet level click Tooltip on the marks card to open the Edit Tooltip dialog box, and then clear or select the Allow selection by category check box.

For more information, see Highlight data by category in tooltips.

Latest date presets for discrete date filters

Discrete date filters can be set to filter to the latest date value in the data source. You can use this setting to ensure that the most recent date in the data source is selected in the filter. For details, see Latest Date Preset for "Filter Discrete Dates" under "Filter Dates" (Desktop) in Filter Data from Your Views.

    

On Tableau Server and Tableau Online, presets are applied when the view first loads in the browser, but not when the browser or data is refreshed.

Apply table calculation filters to totals

When you show totals and you want a table calculation filter to apply to the totals, you can now select Apply to totals in the drop-down menu for that filter (on the Filters shelf). This option lets you decide when a table calculation filter should be applied to totals. For details, see "Filter table calculations" in Filter Data from Your Views.

  

Map data updates and additions

The following data has been updated for Tableau version 10.3:

  • French region names were updated to the final 2016 naming scheme.

  • NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) codes and Airport codes no longer require country as a parent to geocode on a map.

  • Netherlands landen and provincies were updated.

  • Australian LGAs were updated with 2016 data.

Additionally, Rwanda districts (uturere) are now supported by Tableau, and can be geocoded using the County geographic role. Polygons for New Zealand postcodes were also added. For more information about additional map data supported by Tableau, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

Evenly distribute a layout container's items

After you add a layout container to a dashboard, you can make the items it contains evenly spaced using the Distribute Evenly command (on the desktop and in web authoring). For details, see Size and Lay Out Your Dashboard.

Easy access to story actions

The new story toolbar appears when you mouse-over the story navigation area. Use it to revert story changes, apply updates to a story point, delete a story point, or create a new story point out of the current, customized one.

Use numbers for story navigation

The story Layout tab includes a new navigation option: Numbers. Use this option to make the story navigator display a sequence of numbers instead of caption boxes or dots. For details, see Create a Story.

New to Web Authoring


Web authoring topics for Tableau Server and Tableau Online are now located in Tableau Help, starting with version 10.3. To see web authoring features from past releases, see What's New in Tableau Server.

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.

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.

     

 

Share and Collaborate


Data-driven alerts from Tableau Online and Tableau Server

When data reaches important thresholds for your business, data-driven alerts automatically send email notifications to key people you specify. You can set alerts on all chart types except Gantt charts and maps.

To begin, select a continuous numeric axis of a chart:

Then click Alert in the toolbar:

When the Create Alert pop-up window appears, set the data condition and threshold value that triggers alert emails. In the view, a red line shows where the threshold falls relative to current data. Simply specify the email subject line, schedule, and recipients to start alerting your organization about critical metrics.

To manage alerts you own or receive, click your name at the top right corner of a Tableau Online or Tableau Server page, click My Content, and then click Alerts.

For more details, see Send Data-Driven Alerts from Tableau Online or Tableau Server.

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Install and Deploy Tableau

Connect to and Prepare Data

Design Views and Analyze Data

Publish Data Sources and Workbooks

Install Wizard for Tableau Desktop on the Mac

The new customizable install wizard guides you through the installation process. It installs the most commonly used database drivers by default (Amazon Redshift, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Simba Spark and Simba SQL) and creates a desktop shortcut.

For more information about installing Tableau Desktop, see the Tableau Desktop Deployment Guide.

Check for product maintenance updates

Instead of waiting for a notification that a product maintenance update is available to download, or dismissing the prompt and then wishing you hadn't, you can now check for these updates at any time. Simply select Check for Product Updates from the Help menu in Tableau Desktop and Tableau will check to see if a more current maintenance release version is available. One of the following options will display:

  • If new updates are available, a dialog box displays to enable you to download and install the latest updates.

  • If no new updates are available, a message is shown indicating that no new updates were found.

  • If an update is already in progress, a message is shown indicating that the update is in progress.

The same 3-day waiting period that applies to the automatic update process applies to this feature. If automatic updates are turned off for Tableau, then this option is not available. For more information about how to manage automatic updates for your product, see Control Product Updates in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Automatically save your workbooks

Tableau Desktop now automatically saves your work for you every few minutes - no more losing hours of work if Tableau closes unexpectedly.

The new Autosave feature is turned on by default. If Tableau crashes, a recovered version of the workbook is automatically created with a .twbr extension and saved in the same location as the original file or in your My Tableau Repository/Workbooks folder. New workbooks are saved with the name "Book1" plus a numeric ID. When you reopen Tableau, a recovery dialog box shows a list of the recovered files that you can select and open to continue in your flow. You can also delete unwanted files from this same dialog box.

Users can turn this feature on or off from the Help menu in Tableau Desktop. Administrators can also turn this feature off from the command line by changing the AUTOSAVE installer property setting. If the Administrator turns this feature off, then the Autosave option is not available from the Help menu.

For more information about how to turn the Autosave feature on or off using the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Salesforce support for cross-database joins

Salesforce supports combining tables using a cross-database join. For more information, see the "Combine tables from different databases" section in Join Your Data.

Union more data

You can union tables from Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, HP Vertica, Microsoft SQL, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL databases. You can also union JSON files. For more information about union, see Union Your Data.

Expandable marks cards

If you ever work with views that need a large number of fields on the marks card but are frustrated because you can't see them all without scrolling, the marks card has now been enhanced to address this. The marks card now automatically expands to fill all of the empty space that is available.

Legends per measure

When you include the Measure Values and Measure Names fields in your view, you can now color code your data by measure, enabling you to further differentiate sections of your data.

In prior releases, when you used these fields and added Measure Values to Color on the Marks card, Tableau would create a single color legend that applied to all the marks in the view. Now, when you drag Measure Values to Color on the Marks card, you can select the option to create separate color legends for each measure in the view and then select a unique color palette for each one.

You can also easily recombine the separate color legends at any time by selecting the option to combine legends. Tableau even remembers your color palettes when you toggle between combined legends and separate legends.

Single combined legend

The example below shows the default behavior when you drag Measure Values to Color on the Marks card. Tableau creates a single color legend that applies to all marks in the view.

On the Marks card, click the drop-down arrow on the Measure Values field, then select Use Separate Legends from the context menu to create a legend for each measure. Tableau assigns the default color palette to each legend, but you can edit it as needed, as shown in the example below.

Multiple legends

To recombine the separate legends into a single legend for all measures, on the Marks card, click the drop-down arrow on the Measure Values field and select Combine Legends from the context menu.

Improved date recognition

When your date values are interpreted as strings or integers, change the data type of the field to Date or Date & Time instead of creating a calculation to change its type. For more information, see Convert a Field to a Date Field.

Connect to Spatial files

You can now connect to Shapefiles, MapInfo tables, KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files, and GeoJSON files in Tableau Desktop. For more information, see the Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files topic and the Spatial File example connector topic.

Connect to more Presto data

In addition to connecting to Presto 141t from Teradata, Tableau now connects to Presto on-premises and Amazon EMR Presto instances for Presto versions 0.148. For more information about the Presto connector, see Presto.

New SharePoint Lists connector

Use the SharePoint Lists connector to connect to SharePoint lists. For more information, see SharePoint Lists.

New Apache Drill connector

Use the Apache Drill connector to connect to Apache Drill data. For more information, see Apache Drill.

Connect to Aster Database on a Mac

You can connect to an Aster Database on a Mac. You can get the driver for the Mac from the Driver Download page on the Tableau website.

Show a scale on your map

You can now display a scale on your maps so that your audience can understand distances between your data points. For more information, see Show a map scale.

Geocode Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) codes

You can now geocode NUTS 1 - 3 level codes in Tableau using the NUTS Europe geographic role.

To assign the NUTS Europe geographic role to a field:

  • In the Data pane, click the data type icon next to the field, select Geographic Role, and then select NUTS Europe from the list.

For more information, see Types of geographic roles in Tableau.

Map data updates and additions

India districts and postcodes, New Zealand postcodes, Australia LGAs, and Saudi Arabia cities data has been updated.

Additionally, second-level administrative divisions (county-equivalents) for the following cities and countries are now automatically recognized by Tableau, and can be geocoded using the County geographic role. For more information, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

  • Berlin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Indonesia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Zambia

Customize joins using calculations to resolve format mismatches between fields

A format mismatch between fields used in a join can often cause a broken join or prevent you from being able to create a join in the first place. In many cases, you can resolve format mismatches between fields by customizing your join using a calculation. For more information, see Join Your Data.

Quickly share content with Tableau Online

To quickly share content with others, sign up for a free trial to Tableau Online: click the Share button in the toolbar, and then click Create Site. (If you're already signed in to Tableau Online or Tableau Server, clicking Share displays the standard publishing options.)

Export your data to CSV

Export to a CSV file all the data that you combine and prepare in Tableau without the need to create or use a baseline view first. For more information, see Export Data.

New correlation and covariance functions

Three new aggregate functions are available:

  • CORR: Returns the Pearson correlation coefficient of two expressions.

  • COVAR: Returns the sample covariance of two expressions.

  • COVARP: Returns the population covariance of two expressions.

See Tableau Functions (Alphabetical) for details.

In addition, three related table calculation functions are available:

  • WINDOW_CORR: Returns the Pearson correlation coefficient of two expressions within the defined window.

  • WINDOW_COVAR: Returns the sample covariance of two expressions within the defined window.

  • WINDOW_COVARP: Returns the population covariance of two expressions within the defined window.

See Table Calculation Functions for details.

TLS mutual authentication on Mac

Tableau Desktop for Mac now supports TLS mutual authentication with Tableau Server. If your organization uses client certificates for computer or user authentication, and mutual authentication has been enabled on Tableau Server, then you can authenticate as you would with any other application that supports TLS mutual authentication. Tableau Desktop on Windows also supports TLS mutual authentication.

Use numbers for story point navigation

You can now specify numbers as a way for your audience to step through your story. This can be helpful if you have a large number of individual story points and want to avoid scroll bars on the navigator.

For more information on story layout and formatting, see Create a Story.

Format lines workbook-wide

You can quickly change line formatting for every view in your workbook in one spot by clicking Format > Workbook. When you make changes to your workbook's line settings, a gray dot appears next to the setting in the Format Workbook pane.

For more details, see Format at the Workbook Level.

Support for WCAG-conformant views on the web

Embedded views that you author in Tableau Desktop, publish to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, and embed in WCAG-conformant web pages, now meet WCAG 2.0 AA conformance and section 508 standards.

Views that are made available to users in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, or Tableau Public are not yet supported for WCAG conformance. Views created or edited on the web in Tableau Server or Tableau Online are not yet supported for WCAG conformance.

The following parts of the embedded view are WCAG-conformant:

  • Sheet tabs

  • The view area of the sheet

  • Titles and captions

  • Categorical legends

  • Single Value (list) filters, which are radio buttons, and Multiple Values (list) filters, which are check boxes.

  • The View Data window

Some aspects of the Tableau interface in the embedded views are not yet supported, such as other filter types, parameters, and the view toolbar. Using these controls in your visualizations might make it difficult for users who use assistive technologies to fully understand your views.

Keyboard navigation, programmatic context for assistive technologies (using ARIA roles), alternative text for non-text elements and contrast standards, and authentication when signing into Tableau Server or Tableau Online are also supported for embedded views.

For more information about creating accessible views, see Best Practices for Designing Accessible Views and Author Views for Accessibility.

Support for SAP BW Single Sign-On

You can configure single sign-on (SSO) support from Tableau to SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP BW). For more information, see Enable Single Sign-On for SAP BW in the Tableau Server Help.

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Changes to the Installer

When you install Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader or Tableau Public, you might want to perform a quiet installation. When you perform a quiet installation, you must accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) by setting the ACCEPTEULA option to "1".

For example: tableau.exe /quiet ACCEPTEULA="1".

For more information, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

When you install a new version of Tableau Public, the installer will overwrite or remove any previous versions that you have on your computer. You can have only one instance of Tableau Public on your computer at one time.

Join tables using right and full outer join types

Use right and full outer join types when joining Excel tables to Excel tables, text file tables to text file tables, or tables in a cross-database join. Note: For cross-database joins, right and full outer joins are supported only if the underlying database or file supports right and full outer join types.

Union data using wildcard search

In addition to unioning tables manually, you can now union tables automatically by specifying a wildcard search. For more information, see Union Your Data.

Geocode airports

You can now geocode airports in Tableau using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) airport codes.

To assign the Airport geographic role to a field:

  • In the Data pane, click the data type icon next to the field, select Geographic Role, and then select the Airportgeographic role.

For more information, see Types of geographic roles in Tableau and Assign a geographic role to a field.

Map data updates

Netherlands municipalities are now automatically recognized by Tableau and can be geocoded with the County geographic role. For more information, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

Postcodes for South Africa and Thailand are now automatically recognized by Tableau and can be geocoded with the Zip Code/Post Code geographic role. For more information, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

Postcode data has been updated in the following countries:

  • Belgium

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • France

  • Germany

  • Italy

  • Netherlands

  • Spain

  • Slovakia

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • United States

New JSON file connector

Use the JSON file connector to connect to a local JSON file. For more information, see JSON File.

New Anaplan connector

Starting in 10.1.2, use the Anaplan connector to connect to Anaplan data. For more information, see Anaplan.

New Oracle Eloqua connector

Starting in 10.1.2, use the Oracle Eloqua connector to connect to Oracle Eloqua data. For more information, see Oracle Eloqua.

Added initial SQL parameter support

Initial SQL parameter support is added for a number of connectors, including Amazon EMR, MapR Hadoop Hive, Cloudera Hadoop, HP Vertica, and Spark SQL. For more information about initial SQL, see Run Initial SQL.

IBM PDA support for SSL

IBM PDA (Netezza) supports connecting to an SSL server. For more information, see IBM PDA (Netezza).

Teradata support for encryption

You can now use encryption with your connections to Teradata. For more information, see Teradata.

SAP HANA SQL query-based prompts support

You can now use your SQL query-based SAP HANA prompts in Tableau. For more information, see SAP HANA.

Google BigQuery feature enhancements

Support has changed from BigQuery legacy SQL (BQL) to standard SQL. Your workbooks will upgrade when you open them in Tableau. With standard SQL comes other benefits for BigQuery connections including:

  • Support for level of detail calculations.

  • Improved speed of creating an extract.

  • Faster validation of custom SQL.

  • The ability to select a billing project for each connection.

SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse feature enhancements

  • Tableau now provides a default schema selection.

  • Search functionality is added for selecting a catalog or InfoProvider, and a cube or query.

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Retain connection details

After you connect to a database, Tableau 10.0 stores every connection detail that you enter in the Connection dialog box except the password. The next time you connect to that database, the only thing you have to enter is the password. These settings are stored per user, so shared computers do not share connection settings.

New connectors

New Google Sheets connector

Use the Google Sheets connector to connect to a Google Sheets data source. For more information, see Google Sheets.

New Presto connector

Use the Presto connector to connect to Presto 141t from Teradata. For more information, see Presto.

New MemSQL connector

Use the MemSQL connector to connect to MemSQL data. MemSQL uses a MySQL driver, so if you already have a MySQL driver installed, you can connect to MemSQL. For more information, see MemSQL.

New QuickBooks Online connector

Use the QuickBooks Online connector to connect to QuickBooks Online data. For more information, see Intuit QuickBooks Online.

Size marks on an axis

For views where the mark type is Bar and there are continuous fields on both Rows and Columns, Tableau 10.0 adds options for sizing the bar marks on the axis where the bars are anchored.

  • The bar marks in histograms are continuous by default (with no spaces between the marks), and are sized to match the size of the bins. See Build a Histogram for an example.

  • When there is a field on Size, you can determine the width of the bar marks on the axis where the bars are anchored using the field on Size. To do this, click the Size card and choose Fixed.

  • When there is no field on Size, you can specify the width of the bar marks on the axis where the bars are anchored in axis units. To do this, click the Size card, choose Fixed, and then type a number in the Width in axis units field.

  • When there is a continuous date field on the axis where the bars are anchored, the width of the marks is set to match the level of the date field. For example, if the level of the continuous date field is MONTH, the bars are exactly one month wide—that is, slightly wider for 31-day months than for 30-day months. You can configure the width of the bars by clicking the Size card, choosing Fixed, and then typing a number in the Width in days field, but the resulting bar widths don't take account of the varying lengths of time units, such as months and years.

New table calculation experience

Tableau 10.0 enhances the experience of creating table calculations:

  • When you work in the Table Calculation dialog box to configure a calculation, the view updates in real time to show the results of your choices.

  • Highlighting shows you the scope and direction of your calculation by setting off part of the view with a colored background. As you change the Compute Using option in the Table Calculation dialog box, the highlighting reflects your changes.

See Transform Values with Table Calculations for details.

Display titles in worksheets

Titles are now turned on automatically in worksheets and appear as part of the view. You can create polished presentations using your worksheet without creating a separate dashboard.

Combine data with cross-database joins

Combine data from different databases using a cross-database join. For example, you can combine related data from tables stored in an Excel workbook and a SQL Server database. For more information, see Join Your Data.

Highlight data points in context

The Highlighter is a new interactive exploration tool that you can use to quickly find and highlight specific data points while maintaining the context of the data. It is simple and powerful.

To use this new tool, do the following:

  1. Select Show Highlighter from the context menu on a discrete field that is used in the view and that affects the level of detail in the view.

  2. Search for the data you are interested in (a specific mark or group of marks) using a keyword search, or select a mark from the drop-down list.

    The marks are highlighted in the view.

You can also perform ad hoc comparisons with instant highlighting when you hover over items in the drop-down list.

LOD expressions: Dimension expressions supported in dimensionality declaration

You can now use any expression that evaluates as a dimension, including Date expressions, in the dimensionality declaration for a level of detail expression.

This example excludes a discrete date bin in the view:

{EXCLUDE YEAR(Date) : SUM([Sales])}

This example excludes the YEAR(Date), which is a discrete date bin in the view:

{EXCLUDE DATEPART('year',Date) : SUM([Sales])}

This example excludes the YEAR(Date), which is a continuous date field in the view:

{EXCLUDE DATETRUNC('year', Date): SUM([Sales])}

For information about level of detail expression syntax, seeHow Level of Detail Expressions Work in Tableau.

Find clusters in data

You can now find meaningful clusters in your data by dragging Cluster from the Analytics pane and dropping it in the view. The result is a statistical object that Tableau places on Color. If there is already a field on Color, Tableau moves that field to Label.

Cluster analysis partitions marks in the view into clusters, where the data values within each cluster are more similar to one another than they are data values in other clusters.

You can drag a cluster from Color to the Data pane to make it a group dimension in which the individual members (Cluster 1, Cluster 2, etc.) contain the marks that the cluster algorithm has determined are more similar to each other than they are to other marks.

See Find Clusters in Data for details.

Oracle support for table functions and for Kerberos

One way to simplify data access in Oracle is to create table functions, which return tables while hiding complex logic and exposing parameters. When you connect to Oracle, you can use table functions, which appear under Stored Procedures on the data source page.

Tableau supports Kerberos for Oracle. Enterprise environments that use Active Directory with Tableau can now have a seamless single sign-on experience with Oracle and Tableau.

For more information, see Oracle.

SQL Server support for contained databases

Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL support a new feature called contained databases. When a database is contained, user information is stored in the database rather than in the database management system, which makes the database more portable. In Tableau 10.0, you can connect to contained databases by entering the database name in the connection dialog box. See Microsoft SQL Server.

Use JDBC to connect to SAP HANA on a Mac

You can now connect to SAP HANA on a Mac using JDBC drivers. For more information, see SAP HANA.

Create device layouts for a dashboard

After you've built a dashboard you can create layouts for it that are specific to particular devices.

When you publish the dashboard to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, people who interact with it experience a dashboard expressly designed for their screen display, whether it's a phone, tablet, or desktop. For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types.

Format at the workbook level

You can quickly change how fonts and titles look in every view in a workbook by specifying format settings at the workbook level instead of at the worksheet level. See Format at the Workbook Level for more information.

Create territories on a map

You can create territories on a map view by grouping existing locations (location points or polygons) together. For more information, see Create Territories on a Map .

Measure distance in metric or imperial (U.S.) units

You can now choose to measure in meters and kilometers or feet and miles when you measure distances on a map with the Radial tool. For more information, see Change the units of measurement

Map data updates

Hong Kong districts; Singapore URA subzones, South Korea Sigungu (Metropolitan Areas); and Tawain cities and districts are now automatically recognized by Tableau and can be geocoded with the County geographic role. For more information, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

Postcodes for Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan are now automatically recognized by Tableau and can be geocoded with the Zip Code/Post Code geographic role. For more information, see Location Data that Tableau Supports for Building Map Views.

Update to the default map server address

When configuring Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server proxy settings, use maps.tableau.com to connect to the default map server. For more information, see Internet Access Requirements in the Tableau Desktop Deployment Guide.

Filter data across multiple primary data sources

You can apply a filter across multiple primary data sources. For more information, see Filter Data Across Multiple Data Sources.

On-demand connections

When you load a workbook, Tableau connects only to the data sources that are required to display your data. This means that if there are multiple sheets in a workbook, Tableau only connects 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, now you only have to enter your credentials for the current sheet.

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Desktop installer improvements

To streamline the install experience for Tableau Desktop for Windows, the four most common database drivers are now included as part of the setup process and are automatically installed by default. The following drivers are included:

  • MySQL (version 5.3.6)

  • Microsoft SQL Server (version 2008 R2 SP3)

  • PostgreSQL (version 9.3.400)

  • Amazon Redshift (version 1.2.1)

Note: Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is also automatically installed as a prerequisite for MySQL.

To view the list of drivers, or to clear the option to install these drivers, accept the license agreement on the installer page, and then click Customize.

You can clear the option to install the drivers in either the user interface or from the command line.

If you want to perform a quiet install for Tableau Desktop 9.3, use the installer (.exe) file. The installer package (.msi) is included as part of the installer file and can no longer be extracted separately.

For more information about how to perform a quiet install of Tableau Desktop, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.

Stay connected to Tableau Server or Tableau Online

When you connect to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, Tableau Desktop saves each connection from session to session if you don't sign out. Next time you launch Tableau Desktop, you are signed in to your most recent server connection. You can also sign into different servers and easily switch between your available server and site connections.

For more information, see Automatically keep Tableau Desktop connected to Tableau Server or Online.

Forecasting improvements

Forecasting in Tableau Desktop has been improved in the following ways:

  • You can now forecast values ordered by an integer dimension. Formerly it was only possible to forecast measures that are ordered by time. For more information, see Forecasting When No Date is in the View.

  • Automatic selection of the best season length for a forecast has been improved. For more information, see the Seasonality section in How Forecasting Works in Tableau.

  • Tableau forecasting will now skip null or missing values when estimating model parameters. However, the nulls remain in the series so the indexes of the values remain the same. For example, for a daily time series that is missing weekend days, the algorithm computes the model, potentially with parameters for a weekly cycle, but without using the missing values. But because the missing values are in the series, the cycle length is still seven days.

    Due to this change:

    • Forecasting now supports irregular time series without zero fill. So no error will result if you do not select Fill in missing values with zeros in the Forecast Options dialog box.

    • The Fill in missing values with zeros option is no longer selected by default in the Forecast Options dialog box.

New data source support for Tableau functions and aggregations

For Tableau 9.3, more functions and aggregations are available for more data sources:

  • The PERCENTILE function and aggregation are now available for Cloudera Hive, Hortonworks Hadoop Hive, and EXASolution data sources.

  • The MEDIAN function and aggregation are now available for Cloudera Hive, Hortonworks Hadoop Hive, and EXASolution data sources.

  • Regular expression functions (beginning with REGEXP_) are now available for HP Vertica, Pivotal Greenplum, and Teradata (version 14.1 and above) data sources. See Additional Functions. In addition, REGEXP_MATCH is now supported for Impala 2.3.0 and higher in Cloudera Hadoop data sources.

  • The SPLIT function is now supported for Impala 2.3.0 and higher in Cloudera Hadoop data sources. Split functionality in the Data source pane is also now supported for Impala 2.3.0 and higher in Cloudera Hadoop data sources. See Split a Field into Multiple Fields.

Add color to sheets in sorter view

To make it easier to identify or group worksheets, you can now add color to the sheet tabs in the sheet sorter.

Workbook updates to use published data source

When you publish a data source to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, the workbook you're publishing it from is updated to connect to the published data source. At the same time the local data source is closed. To continue using the local data source, clear the Update workbook to use the published data source check box in the Publish data source to Tableau Server dialog box.

If you click Undo after publishing a data source, Tableau will revert to using the local data source, but it will not "un-publish" the data source.

Tableau does not replace the local data source when you publish a cube (multidimensional) data source.

For more information, see Publish a Data Source.

Union your data

In your Tableau data source, you can now append rows of data from one table to another table thereby creating unions. If columns in the union do not align correctly, you can merge the columns whose names don't match. For more information, see Union Your Data.

Data grid enhancements

From the grid on the Data Source page, you can now do the following:

  • See extract data and extract-only calculations, including data from the Web Data Connector
  • Review data after applying extract filters and aggregating extracts
  • Create groups and bins
  • Join on pivot columns
  • Join on merged columns
  • See sheet and table name information for unioned tables

Zooming improvements for maps

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

WMS Support for Web Mercator

Tableau now supports WMS servers that use Web Mercator. For more information, see Supported Spatial Reference Systems in the Use WMS Servers topic.

New default tool for maps

When you click and drag in a map view, you can now automatically select marks with the rectangular tool. This is a change in behavior to Tableau Desktop version 9.2, where clicking and dragging in a map view would automatically allow you to pan across the view instead.

View tools remain active

When you select a tool from the view toolbar (the pan tool, zoom area tool, radial tool, rectangular tool, or lasso tool), it remains active until you select to use another tool. The same is true if you use keyboard shortcuts to switch between tools. This is a change in behavior to Tableau Desktop version 9.2, where a tool would revert back to the default after one use.

The last tool you select will be saved with the workbook and available when you reopen it or publish it to the web.

Totals are no longer included in color encoding

Totals are no longer color encoded by default when you add them to the view.

To include totals in color encoding, click Coloron the Marks card and then select Edit Colors. In the Edit Colors dialog box, select Include Totals.

Default Totals included in color encoding

New Snowflake data connector

Use the Snowflake connector to connect to a Snowflake data warehouse. For more information, see Snowflake.

New Kognitio data connector

Starting in 9.3.1, use the Kognitio connector to connect to a Kognitio database. For more information, see Kognitio.

New Cisco Information Server data connector

Starting in 9.3.1, use the Cisco Information Server connector to connect to a Cisco Information Server virtual database. For more information, see TIBCO Data Virtualization .

Data preview for Web Data Connectors

When you connect using a Web Data Connector, Tableau now opens on the Data Source page so that you can prepare your data (for example, change data types or hide columns) before you start your analysis.

Kerberos support for PostgreSQL and Teradata

Kerberos support has been added for PostgreSQL and Teradata connections. For more information, see PostgreSQL or Teradata. For information about configuring Tableau Server for Kerberos, see Kerberos in the Tableau Server Help.

OAuth support for Salesforce in Tableau Desktop

You can now use OAuth when you connect to Salesforce in Tableau Desktop. After you provide your Salesforce credentials and allow Tableau access to the data, Salesforce.com creates an OAuth access token that is used to connect to the data. Instead of having to embed your credentials in data sources or workbooks, you can use the access token.

Initial SQL support added to more data sources

Oracle, Pivotal Greenplum, and Microsoft SQL Server now support initial SQL statements.

Initial SQL parameter support

For data source connections that support initial SQL, you can now perform parameter substitution for a set of useful parameters, such as ServerUser and WorkbookName. For more information, see Run Initial SQL.

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Google Analytics query enhancements

By default, Tableau returns all data in a Google Analytics query to avoid returning sampled data. See Google Analytics.

Recent colors save to the application

From any Color drop-down control, you can select a recently used color. Up to eight recently used colors save to the application and are available in any workbook.

Data grid enhancements

The following functionality is now available from the grid on the Data Source page:

  • Sort columns and rows
  • Double-click the name of the column to rename the field
  • Reset the name of a single column or select multiple columns to reset the column names at once
  • Create calculations based on existing fields in the data source
  • Copy values in the data source using Ctrl+C (Command-C on a Mac).

For more information, see Edit Data Sources.

Data Interpreter enhancements

The Data Interpreter now detects subtables in your Excel data. For more information, see Excel.

Data pane enhancements

The following functionality is now available in the Data pane:

  • Click the icon to the left of a field in the Data pane to change the field's data type or geographic role:

  • Click a field and hold down the mouse button to rename the field:

  • Enhanced Search options in the Data pane. Click the search icon at the top of the Data pane or press Ctrl + F (Command-F on a Mac) to initiate a search. As you type in the search box, search now filters the contents of the Data pane to show all fields that contain the typed string. Search remains open until you click the search icon or press Ctrl + F again.

  • The zones apportioned for Dimensions, Measures, Parameters, and Sets in the Data pane automatically size so that scroll bars are not shown unless there are more fields than can be displayed in the available space.

Match mark label color to mark color

You can select to closely match the color of each label to the color of its mark. See Show and Hide Mark Labels in the Show and Hide Mark Labels topic.

Label most recent marks

When there is a date field in the view, you can select to label the most recent marks in the view. Labels are based on the level of detail of fields in the view. See Show and Hide Mark Labels .

Fix one or both ends of an axis

You can specify the values for the start or end of an axis. See Edit Axes in the Edit Axes topic.

Move totals to the top or left of the view

You can select to show totals at the top or left of the view. See Move totals.

New Map Options dialog box

Use the new Map Options dialog box to customize how your audience interacts with your map view. Use the Map Layers pane (previously the Map Options pane) to customize the appearance of your map. See Customize How People Interact with your Map.

Support for Mapbox maps

You can now connect to Mapbox maps in Tableau. See Use Mapbox Maps.

SAP HANA column labels

By default, the SAP HANA column names now display the column label, rather than the column name.

Query improvements

The following query improvements have been added for Tableau 9.2.

  • Filtering on categorical aggregates

    You can now create a filter that aggregates a measure and use it as a domain filter.

  • Numerical bins and combined fields in level of detail expressions

    You can now refer to a numerical bin or a combined field in a level of detail expression.

  • MIN and MAX supported for boolean data type

    These aggregations can now be used with boolean fields.

  • Additional optimizations

    Tableau can now detect “always false” predicates and avoid issuing queries for them. For known domains such as boolean, we short circuit to return {true, false} or {true, false, null}. Other rewrites include folding case expressions with constant results to IN SET or NOT IN set.

Show Quick Filter has changed to Show Filter

In Tableau 9.2, the option to Show Quick Filter for a field has changed to Show Filter. For more information, see Filter Data from Your Views

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The following new features and enhancements have been added to Tableau Desktop for version 9.1.

Product Updates

To ensure that you always have the most up-to-date features, security resolutions, and corrected issues, Tableau Desktop includes a product update feature. See Turn Product Updates Off or On .

Single Sign-On for SAP HANA

When SAP HANA is configured to support single sign-on (SSO), after you sign in to the SAP HANA server, you can access data, and publish data sources and workbooks to Tableau Server, without having to re-enter your user name and password. See Support for SAP HANA single sign-on (SSO). Note:Tableau Desktop requires SAP HANA driver version 1.00.85 and later to support SSO for SAP HANA.

Web Data Connector

You can use a web data connector to connect to data that is accessible over HTTP and that doesn't already have a connector. You can create your own web data connector or use one that has been created by someone else. See Web Data Connector.

SAP Prompts

With SAP HANA and SAP Netweaver Business Warehouse, you can prompt for a variable when a workbook is opened. See SAP HANA or SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.

Bin Size Optimization

When you create discrete bins from a continuous measure, Tableau can compute an optimal bin size. See Create Bins from a Continuous Measure.

Auto-complete Availability

You can now take advantage of auto-completion for formulas in additional locations where you can create formulas—for example, when you add conditions or limits to filters, or when you create a set based on a condition. See (for example) Filter Data from Your Views.

Confidence Intervals for Reference Lines

You can now add and configure confidence intervals (bands) for a reference line. See Add a Reference Linein the Reference Lines, Bands, Distributions, and Boxes article for information on the available options. You can no longer add confidence intervals for reference distributions.

Measure Distance with the Radial Tool

Use the Radial tool to measure approximate distances between your data and the locations or landmarks in a map view. For more information see, Measure Distances Between Data Points and Locations in a Map.

Turn Off Pan and Zoom

You can turn off pan and zoom to control how your audience interacts with your map view or background image. For more information see, Customize How People Interact with your Map

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The following new features and enhancements have been added to Tableau Desktop for version 9.0.

New start page experience

The start page in Tableau Desktop is a central location from which you can connect to your data, access most recently used workbooks, and explore content produced by the Tableau community. For more information, see Start Page.

Pivot

Pivot your Microsoft Excel and text file data sources from crosstab format to columnar format. For more information, see Pivot Data from Columns to Rows.

Split fields into multiple fields

Split existing string fields into new fields. For more information, see Split a Field into Multiple Fields.

SPLIT is also available as a Tableau function, for use in calculated fields. For more information, see String Functions.

Metadata area

Perform bulk management tasks, like hiding multiple fields at once, using the metadata area. For more information, see Data Source Page.

Data Interpreter

Detect and remove unique formatting and extraneous information in your Excel data sources. For more information, see Excel.

New data sources and enhancements to existing data sources

New: Amazon Aurora

Use the Amazon Aurora connector to connect to an Amazon Aurora data source. For more information, see Amazon Aurora.

New: Spark on Azure HDInsight

Use the Spark SQL connector to connect to a Spark on Azure HDInsight data source. For more information, see Spark SQL.

New: Microsoft Azure SQL Database

Connect to Microsoft Azure SQL Database data using the Microsoft SQL Server connector. For more information, see Microsoft SQL Server

New: Google Cloud SQL 

Use the Google Cloud SQL connector to connect to a Google Cloud SQL database instance. For more information, see Google Cloud SQL.

New: Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Connect to Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse data using the Microsoft SQL Server connector. For more information, see Microsoft SQL Server.

New: Amazon EMR

Use the Amazon EMR connector to connect to an Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) database. For more information, see Amazon EMR Hadoop Hive.

New: Spark SQL

Use the Spark SQL connector to connect to a Spark SQL cluster (requires Apache Spark 1.2.1 or later). For more information, see Spark SQL.

New: Statistical File

Use the Statistical File connector to connect to SAS (*.sas7bdat), SPSS (*.sav), and R (*.rdata, *.rda) data files. For more information, see Statistical File.

Enhanced: MapR Hadoop Hive

MapR Hadoop Hive now supports connectivity for the Mac.

Enhanced: MySQL

SSL encryption is supported. Mac drivers are now included in the TableauDrivers.dmg file. For more information, see MySQL.

Enhanced: Salesforce

The Salesforce connector now supports more flexible joins. You can create joins on any string fields in addition to fields that are constrained references between tables. For more information, see Salesforce.

Enhanced: SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW)

The SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse connector has been updated to include support for variables. For more information, see SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.

Tableau Data Extracts

Tableau Data Extracts are no longer listed on the Connect pane. Use Other Files to connect to a Tableau Data Extract. For more information, see Other Files.

Windows Azure Marketplace

To connect to Windows Azure Marketplace, use the OData connector. Workbooks created in earlier versions of Tableau that used the Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket connector will work as expected. For more information, see OData.

Analytics pane

The Analytics pane, on the left side of the Tableau workspace, provides quick and easy access to common analytic objects in Tableau. You can drag reference lines, forecasts, trend lines, and other objects into your view from the Analytics pane.

For more information, see Apply Advanced Analysis to a View (Analytics Pane).

Recalculated lines

Recalculated lines help you gain insight into how a subset of your data compares to the overall data in your view. For more information, see Explore and Analyze Data in a View.

New calculation features

The following features were added to Tableau Desktop to enhance the experience of creating and using calculated fields.

Non-modal calculation editor

The calculation editor has been redesigned to provide interactive editing, intelligent formula-completion, and drag-and-drop support. The calculation editor is now also available when you're editing a view in Tableau Server or Tableau Online.

For more information, see Get Started with Calculations in Tableau.

Ad-hoc calculations

Ad-hoc calculations are calculations that you can create and update on a shelf in the view. Ad-hoc calculations can be useful for testing a hunch, trying a what-if scenario, or debugging a complex calculation.

For more information, see Ad-Hoc Calculations.

Auto-completion for formulas

As you type a formula, either in the calculation editor or in an ad-hoc calculation, Tableau displays a list of options for completing the formula.

Level of detail expressions

Level of detail expressions support aggregation using dimensions other than those in the view. With level of detail expressions, you can attach one or more dimensions to any aggregate expression.

For more information, see Create Level of Detail Expressions in Tableau.

Functions for regular expressions

Four new functions have been added to the calculation language to support regular expressions.

For more information, see functions beginning with REGEXP in Additional Functions.

Functions for hexagonal binning

Hexagonal binning is a technique for clustering data in a two-dimensional plane. Two new functions have been added to the calculation language to support hexagonal binning. These functions support binning data in a single dimension using histograms, or by a geographic level of detail in a map.

For more information, see functions beginning with HEXBIN in Number Functions.

Story point formatting

You can now re-size the captions in your story, change the shading and font of the navigator, and select to fit a dashboard to the exact size of a story in your workbook. For more information, see Create a Story.

Advanced selection tools

Use the Radial, Rectangular, and Lasso tools on the view toolbar to select multiple marks in the view. For more information, see View Toolbar.

Map search

Use map search to find locations on a map view so you can quickly explore and inspect data. For more information, see Search for Locations in Your Map.

Configurable tooltip behavior

Show tooltips instantly as you move the mouse over the marks in a view or configure tooltips to display only after resting the mouse on a mark.