Tag Archives: PDF

Tableau Server

Also see the Output and Export wiki, and the Peformance wiki, and maybe even the Dashboards wiki.




Different outputs (PDF, etc.)


Automated printing


Scheduling emails (for 7.0 and earlier)


Another email option:


Specify size for tabcmd export


List of a tabadmin commands by Toby Erkson:

Custom shapes




Exclude filters kill query performance


See also the Performance Wiki.

Extracting and exporting data from the Postgres Database


Show toolbar on top:

Show toolbar on top in embedded view on Tableau Server. add following line to the link [?:embed=y:toolbar=top ]

Embed YouTube video


Adding Google Analytics to Tableau Server


Embed filters in URL


Can embed Tableau parameters into the URL parameters as well.

Aliases and URL parameters

If a dimension or Tableau parameter is using aliases and you embed the dimension or Tableau parameter into a URL, the URL parameter uses the alias, not the underlying value. So, for example, if the integer value 1 has the alias East, East will be passed in the URL. The options are to deal with it on the receiving end or to create a calculated field in the sending workbook that doesn’t have an alias.

Boolean parameters that aren’t aliased use true/false, True or False cause a Tableau Server internal error.

SlideShare from Russell Christopher on URL and Javascript


v8 force rendering in browser or server:

To control whether a viz is rendered by the server or browser, you can add the flag :render=true for browser rendering and :render=false for server rendering to the url. For example, the url to an embedded viz with server rendering might be http://host.com/workbook_name/view_name?:embed=yes&:render=false

VizWiz: Embed a dynamically updating image from Tableau Server into PowerPoint (Windows only)


VizWiz: Passing filters in a URL (to create a dynamic report in PowerPoint)


Some thoughts on update frequency from Russel Christopher:

Javascript API

Tableau game by Michael Kovner:


Animating via using filters/parameter:

Hacking Tableau Server

Tableau Rest API



Using Powershell to automate Tableau Server


https://www.interworks.com/blogs/mroberts/2013/07/09/creating-email-notifications-complete-tableau-extractsGetting started with Powershell: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/adventuresinsql/2010/05/06/where-do-i-start-with-powershell_3F00_/

Web service authentication in C# http://community.tableausoftware.com/docs/DOC-5251

Automate pdf generation using Tableau Desktop - Added January 14, 2015

Reference to using a macro utility and others to run reports from Desktop instead of using tabcmd: http://community.tableausoftware.com/message/249298#249298

testing Tableau for Mobile on a non-mobile browser - Added January 13, 2015


Tableau Online & Tableau Public current status - Added December 20, 2014


JavaScript for rotating dashboards over time - Added December 13, 2014


Tickers on Server - Added December 10, 2014

From Russell Christopher:

Enabling live refresh & rotating visualizations - Added October 5, 2014

Here’s the thread http://community.tableausoftware.com/message/292718?et=watches.email.thread#292718 and the tool Shawn mentioned http://www.winautomation.com/

Custom Tableau Server Admin Views - Added October 5, 2014

Post linking to Mark Jackson’s work

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Output and Export

Also see the Tableau Server wiki.

PDFs in PowerPoint http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00054.htm

PDF as PDF inside PowerPoint

  1. From the main menu bar, choose Insert, Object. The Insert Object dialog box appears.
  2. In the Insert Object dialog box, click “Create from file” . 
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Choose the PDF you want to insert. 
  5. PowerPoint embeds the PDF and displays an Adobe Acrobat icon. 
  6. Right-click the icon and choose Action Settings. The Action Settings dialog box appears. 
  7. In the Action Settings dialog box, click “Object action” and choose “Edit”. 
  8. Click OK.

A copy of the PDF is now embedded in your PPT file, meaning that you won’t have to worry about links breaking when you move the file to another computer or send it to someone else. Other than that, it behaves similarly to the linked PDFs described above.

Embedding a dashboard in PowerPoint http://vizwiz.blogspot.com/2012/05/tableau-tip-embedding-dashboard-in.html

Embedding a workbook in PowerPoint http://www.clearlyandsimply.com/clearly_and_simply/2012/05/embed-and-open-tableau-workbooks-in-powerpoint.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ClearlyAndSimply+%28Clearly+and+Simply%29

Embed a presentation in a Tableau dashboard http://vizwiz.blogspot.com/2012/05/tableau-tip-embedding-presentation-in.html?m=1

Embedding in HTML (particularly WP) http://www.jeromecukier.net/blog/2012/07/02/embedding-tableau-visualizations-on-the-web/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JeromeCukier+%28Jerome+Cukier%29

Showing page count on viz: Add ?:display_count=y  to the URL

Some ideas on how to simplify export to PDF http://community.tableausoftware.com/message/227636

Link to get PDF:


Specifiying a size range in the embed code: http://community.tableausoftware.com/message/222664#222664

Automate pdf generation using Tableau Desktop - Added January 14, 2015

Reference to using a macro utility and others to run reports from Desktop instead of using tabcmd: http://community.tableausoftware.com/message/249298#249298

Tabula - app for turning PDFs into CSV, etc. - Added December 20, 2014


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