Dashboards are a collection of several visualizations or views. They are particularly useful when we want to display multiple views at once.

We’ll create a dashboard using the volcanoes dataset by clicking the dashboard button on the bottom menu. New Dashboard

A blank dashboard window will appear, and we can begin dragging Sheets with our vizzes into the pane. (Tip: hold the shift key while dragging to maintain the aspect ratio while adjusting the size.)

When repositioning and resizing charts, we’ll try to maintain a visual balance and make sure no elements of a visualization are obscured. For reference, we’ve got a “Before and After” dashboard on the right hand side of the screen. Notice how, in the Before image, legends are incorrectly placed, one chart cuts another off, and title alighnment is inconsistent. The After dashboard is balanced but not symmetrical, dynamic but not crowded, and uses both graph space and blank space.

To add elements like text and imagery, use this menu:

Dashboard Pane

Clicking and dragging the Text icon to the dashboard pane lets us add a title and a few sentences of context. Don’t skip this step! A little bit of verbal context is one of the most helpful data viz tools at our disposal.

Dragging in the Image icon allows us to upload images as an element on the dashboard. This one is more optional, but a logo, simple cartoon image, or icon related to the subject matter can help the viewer to instantly intuit what the dashboard is about. It’s best to stick to iconography and avoid images taken with a camera.

Notice how we’ve played with font, color, and chart elements to tie the viz back to the volcano theme.

As always, keep your audience and story in mind, and adjust your aesthetic decisions accordingly - all the resources from the Storytelling exercise we just finished also apply to dashboards.

Let’s get into it! For additional dashboard inspiration, check out our Rotten Tomatoes dashboard and others on our Tableau Public page.


  1. Begin by dragging at least 2 vizzes that you’ve created into the dashboard pane. Resize and reposition as needed to ensure a balanced composition with nothing cut off.
  2. Add a dashboard title using the Text button from the Objects menu. Customize this so it matches your theme.
  3. Using the same Objects menu, optionally add some image elements related to your theme.
  4. Change the background color of your dashboard.
  5. Make any additional changes as you see fit, remember to have fun with it. Amazing! You’ve just created your first ever Tableau dashboard. Next up, we will review key takeaways from this lesson so you can continue creating beautiful visualizations.

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