Hi all, welcome back to my Tableau tutorial blog series. In the last episode, we went through the first 9 charts recommended by the “Show me” card in Tableau. In today’s episode, we will rock a few more of them. So, fasten your seat belt, and get ready data enthusiasts!


This chart displays hierarchical data as a set of nested rectangles, the size of the rectangle will show how dominant is the presented category. To build this chart, drag your measure to the size and color symbol of the mark window. Then drag your dimension variable to the Text symbol. For example, we want to see the sum of sales for different sub-categories using treemap.

Circle view

A powerful visualization using a scatter plot with a circle marker, where you can present the distribution of values within different categories and compare them together. What you need to do is to drag your dimensions to columns, and your measure to rows. Then click Ctrl + drag that measure to the color symbol and Ctrl + drag another dimension to the detail symbol in the mark window, to add some more level of details. For example, let’s have a look at the distribution of the sum of sales for different sub-categories by different categories.

Side-by-side circles

This chart is basically the same as the previous one, just a small difference. Instead of dragging a dimension to the detail symbol, just drag it to the columns. I will use the same example as above:


Classic visualization that represents the trends of the data over time, therefore this chart will be extremely strong when representing data with a DateTime variable. Drag your DateTime variable to columns, your measure variable to rows, and then drag your dimension to the color symbol in the mark window. For example, the Sum of sales over years for different categories:

Area chart

This is a great chart to show part to whole, also showing the trend over times for different categories. The way to build this chart is similar to the line chart, however, instead of using lines, we set our mark as area. Example:

Dual line

Interesting charts to visualize 2 measures within a line chart. To build this, drag your date to columns, then drag your 2 measures to rows). Then, right click on the second measure axis, click on dual axis, and there you have it! For example, I will build dual lines chart for sum of sales and sum of profits over years:

Dual Combination

Very similar to the dual line chart, but for the second mark, just change the first type from Automatic (Line) to Bar. Same example as Dual line chart:

And that’s it for this Tableau 202 episode. Stay tuned for Tableau 303, where we will rock the rest of the list. Enjoy and see you guys very soon!

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