Have you ever built a Tableau Dashboard based on a set of requirements, looked at your final product, and experienced information overload? If you have, you’re not alone. Tableau is a powerful tool that allows you to display a ton of data in a single view, but it’s very easy to go overboard. Dashboards that are too busy can leave your audience overwhelmed or confused, which puts dashboard adoption at risk. Luckily, there are plenty of features in Tableau that allow you to simplify the design of your final dashboard and provide interactive-drilldowns to drive audience engagement.
This blog post will walk you through one such feature: adding “hidden” sheets to a dashboard using action filters. “Hiding” sheets in your dashboards allows you to publish simple, interactive views that audiences can quickly understand and engage with to gain more insight from their data. Plus, they are a ton of fun to build!
Below are the step-by-step directions for adding hidden sheets to a dashboard. This example uses the ‘Sample – Superstore’ dataset that comes packaged with Tableau Desktop and assumes that you already have created worksheets to add to a dashboard. This example also uses a Tiled layout, but you can easily
That’s how easy it is to “hide” sheets in a dashboard and save your audiences from information overload! The walkthrough above covers a basic dashboard with only two sheets, but you can apply these concepts to all kinds of dashboard layouts. We’ve included a slightly beefed up version of this dashboard below; feel free to download a copy of the workbook and check out how you can use Vertical and Horizontal objects to hide multiple sheets.