One size most definitely does not fit all when it comes to data analysis. People want to see different things, because people interpret data in different ways and they want to feel like the report they are looking at is specific to them. In our free whitepaper "10 Best Practices for Building Effective Dashboards" we delve a little deeper into dashboard customisation. Take a look:
One way to customise what they see is to use custom titles. This is a really easy thing to do in Tableau and it has a huge impact. It gives your user an idea of what information is being displayed, which filters have been applied, and you can even use a custom title to say "Anoop Odedra's Dashboard" dynamically so each user's name is displayed as if they own the dashboard.
In the example above you can see that the Dashboard title has my full name in it. The Sales by Product Category highlight table title has been customised to show which product category and region is being displayed and the Sales by Customer circle chart title shows which sub-category, product category and region is being displayed. As long as one of the fields is being used within the view or is on the marks shelf you can add it to your custom title.
There are a few additional fields that can be added to titles which differ for Dashboard titles and Worksheet titles.
Dashboard Titles can have:
Sheet Name (Dashboard name)
Full Name (of user signed into Tableau Server or Tableau Online)
User Name (of user signed into Tableau Server or Tableau Online)
Any parameters in the workbook
In addition to these, worksheet titles can have:
Data Connection Name
Data Update Time (Date and Time of data refresh)
Any field or Action being used to build that worksheet
To build the dashboard title above here are the steps:
Right click on the dashboard title
Select "Edit title"
In the dialog box that appears create the title that you require, inserting any of the fields to customise the title from the "Insert" drop down menu. In the above case my title reads:
<Full Name>'s <Sheet Name> Dashboard
Any text placed within <> is a field being used in the title. You can add any other text around it as you require.
Hit "OK" and you are done.
The process for creating a worksheet title is identical but you have more options of fields to add. To create the worksheet title for the Sales by Customer circle chart above here are the steps:
Right click on the worksheet title
Select "Edit title"
In the dialog box that appears create the title that you require, inserting any of the fields to customise the title from the "Insert" drop down menu. In the above case my title reads: <Sheet Name> for <ATTR(Sub-Category)> sub-category, <ATTR(Category)> category in <State>, <Country>- select a circle to view customer sales, hover over a circle to highlight all other orders by the same customer
Hit "OK" and you are done
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.
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