One Tableau feature that is often overlooked is padding.

Padding is a great way to format and give space to components on the dashboard. This can help you create a more visually appealing dashboard.

An example of no padding

What is the difference between Outer and Inner Padding?
In order to showcase what each mean, I have made extreme versions of each. The teal is outer padding and the grey is inner padding.
Outer Padding

Outer padding adds space outside of the worksheet. I like to think of it as it pushes things out.

Inner Padding

Inner padding adds space to the inside of the worksheet. I like to think of it as squashing the insides.

 

The above examples are extreme examples. You may be thinking there’s not much difference between the two. The differences are subtle, but they can actually add up. And using the two in combination you can turn something like the following where the titles are quite close to the border…

Look at the title of each chart. This is what happens with no padding

 

And with padding we can bring in consistency and space that is more pleasing to the eye. If you take a look at the example below you can see the space between charts is even and that titles are aligned. It’s a subtle difference that enhances the dashboard.

With padding

 

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