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Tableau layout containers: Part 1- The basics

Tableau layout containers are one of the most important aspects of dashboarding. Having a good understanding of them can enable you to increase the speed and efficiency of your dashboarding process, but also help you overcome visual design challenges that help improve the user experience.

In the first of three videos on layout containers, I cover the basic behaviour of layout containers, the hints tableau provides as you dashboard so you know what’s going on and a few tips, tricks and red herrings to look out for whilst dash-boarding.

You can just watch the video or follow along with your own workbook or download mine  (Tableau 8.2 required) which mirrors what I’m doing.



In the next post, I’ll introduce sheets into the above logic and a few more nuances whilst handling sheets within containers.

Tim Ngwena

London, UK

5 thoughts on “Tableau layout containers: Part 1- The basics

  1. Hi Tim, a very nice video covering the basics. Though I have been using Tableau for more than a year now, I have learnt a few new things about Tableau layout container logic from your video. I find the layout containers in Tableau frustrating to work with – I think that coloring is a nice way to really know where these containers are!

    When Tableau displays Tiled, what does it really mean? Does it mean that if I place 2 objects inside the Tiled area, they are going to be placed side by side, but they don’t grow – I don’t really understand why we get a ‘Tiled’ parent when I drag a Vertical or Horizontal container. Could you please throw some light on this?

    1. Hi Siraj thanks for reaching out. When a view is tiled, that means all the sheets in that view will take up an equal amount of space in a grid formation like tiling in your bathroom. Where there are an odd number of sheets, one sheet typically takes up the space of 2 sheets. They do grow to fill the space so there is an element of dynamism, however they don’t move or collapse. Hence my 4 by 4 grid changes proportions but none of the containers moved in relation to its tile position.

      Hope that makes sense. I might cover it in more detail in part 3, part 2 is due this week.

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