Tag Archives: quick filters

Keeping a Value in Totals Whilst Excluding from Quick Filter List

Over at Peter Gilk’s Paint by Numbers blog there was a question on this post on filtering while retaining results. Here’s the what Jeremy asked:

May I ask if it would be possible to get a detailed explanation of applying this principle to a different type of data?

For example, I would like to see the US Sales totals, and have the ability to filter it to a US state without the ability to select a US territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, etc), but to have the US territory sales remain in the US national totals. How could I do this?

In this short post I cover two different techniques how to do this using a self-data blend and LOD expressions, respectively.

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A New Compact (Mostly) Filter Layout for Showing All the Options

I’m preparing my Tableau Customer Conference 2013 session and there is way too much material to present in the time available, so I’m killing my darlings with a couple of posts in the next few weeks.

I had a situation where my users needed to select from a basket of hospital quality measures on a dashboard, and since some of the measures were new I wanted the filter to show all of the available options, and based on the dashboard layout there wasn’t really space on either side of the view for a vertically oriented filter.

What I really wanted was to show all the options at the top of the dashboard, I ended up getting a little creative and coming up with a new  filter layout. Read on to find out how!
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Identifying (and Using) Quick Filter Selection Status

This post on the Tableau forums led me to figure out a new trick with Quick Filters. The goal is to know whether a Quick Filter has (All) Customers selected or some subset of Customers, then return a different measure based on that flag. Just to make it a little more fun, we want this calculation to work when there are other filters present, or not, to look something like the following view based on the Superstore Sales data:

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