Hello, everyone!

I’m back with some Tableau blog tips. Today, I want to share some useful tricks for working with containers in Tableau. Containers play a crucial role in organizing and structuring the worksheets on a dashboard. Although I initially struggled with containers, I eventually learned to master them and improve my skills.

There are 2 types of containers.

1.Horizontal Layout Container: This container arranges charts side by side in a horizontal layout.

2.Vertical Layout Container: This container stacks charts on top of each other in a vertical layout.


Now, let’s explore the benefits of using containers in Tableau:

1.Enhanced Layout Control: Containers allow you to precisely position and align objects on your dashboard, ensuring a consistent and visually appealing layout.


2.Improved Dashboard Organization: Containers contribute to better organizing your dashboard design, making it more logical and easier to navigate.


3.Increased Interactivity: Containers enable interactive experiences on your dashboards, enhancing user engagement and exploration.


4.Hierarchical Organization: Containers offer a hierarchical structure, allowing you to nest containers within each other. This hierarchical approach aids in managing complex dashboards by grouping related objects together.


5.Simplified Maintenance: Containers make dashboard maintenance and updates easier. When you add or remove objects, the layout containers automatically adjust to accommodate the changes, saving you time and effort.


Now, let’s move on to some helpful tips for using containers effectively:

1.Plan Your Dashboard: Before diving into container usage, plan how you want your dashboard to look. Determine the type and number of containers you require to achieve your desired layout.

2.Start with Vertical Layout Containers: If you’re unsure which container type to use, I recommend starting with vertical layout containers as they are more commonly used.

3.Use Blank Objects or Text: To identify the location of a container, bring it onto the dashboard and drop a blank object or text inside it. This will help you visualize the container as you add other objects.

4.Enhance Container Visibility: Employ borders or background colors to distinguish between containers and enhance their visibility.

5.Verify Nesting: Clicking on the tab will reveal the parent container, allowing you to verify the nesting arrangement.

6.Utilize Layout Guidance: Take advantage of the guidance provided in the Layout tab to fine-tune your container placement.


If you’re eager to learn more about containers or dashboards in Tableau, I recommend referring to the official Tableau documentation through the following link. Tableau Documentation: Size and Lay Out Your Dashboard 

That concludes this blog. See you in the next one!


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