How-to Videos

A buffet of materials to help get you started, or take you to the next level.

Select a video below or click/tap here to start from the beginning. Either way, explosions of knowledge will follow.

1. Tableau Public Overview (21:01)

Learn the basics of creating visualizations with Tableau Public


  • Connecting to data
  • Creating Sheets and Dashboards
  • Publishing to the web

Files: Data (CSV), Viz

2. Intro to the Tableau Public Interface (7:13)

Get familiar with the Tableau Public user interface


  • The start and data connection experiences
  • The Data Window and the Analytics Pane
  • Columns and Rows, Pages, Filters, and the Marks card

Files: Data, Viz

3. “Show Me” the Chart Types (5:03)

Quickly start exploring your data and find the best chart type using the Show Me tool.


  • The Show Me tool
  • Overview of chart types

4. Creating Dashboards in Tableau Public (9:11)

Learn how to combine multiple charts, graphs and maps onto dashboards.


  • Combining Sheets into Dashboards
  • Adding interactivity (filter & highlight) via Dashboard Actions
  • Basic Dashboard formatting

Files: Data, Viz

5. Creating and Formatting Story Points (7:15)

Learn how to turn your data into a cohesive narrative using Story Points.


  • Creating Stories in Tableau Public
  • Formatting Story Navigator boxes - fonts, colors and sizes

Files: Data (XLSX), Viz

6. Saving and Publishing to the Web (3:39)

Once you've created a great looking viz, it's time to save and publish to web.


  • Saving your workbook
  • Publishing on Tableau Public
  • Embedding on your website

2016 Presidential Candidate Spending

Records are as of mid May 2016. Data comes from the Federal Election Commission.
Dataset (csv)

UK Big Lottery Fund since 2004

Basic grants data from the UK BIG Lottery Fund, for grants made from 2004 onwards, via
Dataset (xlsx)

113th US Congress Voting Record

Every vote of the 113th US Congress via the Sunlight Foundation's are two sheets, "Bills" contains the vote data whereas "Sunlight Info" contains additional meta data. You can join them on "Source URL"
Dataset (xlsx)

Military Equipment Transfer to Local Police via the 1033 Program

All military equipment transfer requests to local police via the 1033 program from September 2011 to September 2013 courtesy of
Dataset (xlsx)

UK University Research Excellence Framework Ratings 2014

The UK 2014 University results via Research For Excellence. REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
Dataset (xlsx) Academic Year 2012-2013

De-identified data from the first year (Academic Year 2013: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013) of MITx and HarvardX courses on the edX platform via
Dataset (csv)

American University Data

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is the primary source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States via the National Center for Education Statistics.
Dataset (xlsx)

Titanic Passenger List

All the known passengers of the Titanic, where they were heading, what cabin they stayed in, and if they survived or not.
Dataset (csv)

Top Baby Names in the US

The most popular male and female names in each state for each year from 1910-2012 via the Social Security Administration.
Dataset (csv)

Cat vs Dog Popularity in the US

Population and ownership by household of dogs and cats broken down by state via American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dataset (xlsx)

Startup Venture Funding

Information about startup companies, investment, and acquisitions via Crunchbase . Use the Companies, Rounds, Investments, and Acquisition sheets.
Dataset (xlsx)

Mobile OS Usage

What percentage of the market each mobile operating system had from 2008-2014 via StatCounter.
Dataset (csv)

Tuberculosis Burden by Country

The World Health Organization estimates the prevalence and mortality of Tuberculosis by country.
Dataset (csv)

US County Health Rankings

Ranks US counties on a variety of health factors via Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dataset (csv)

Global Burden of disease

Estimates the burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors globally and for 21 regions for 1990 and 2010 via IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations).
Dataset (csv)

Global Sport Finances

The top paying pro sports teams and the top paid athletes via ESPN.
Dataset (xlsx)

Summer Olympics Medalist Dataset

Every summer Olympic medalist from 1896-2012. Criteria such as home country, event, medal, and gender are included in the data. Courtesy of The Guardian.
Dataset (xlsx)

NFL stats, 1999-2013

Offensive statistics and personal information (height/weight/dob/combine info/college/conference) for NFL players from 1999-2013 via
Dataset (xlsx)

Eurovision 1998 to 2010

All the Eurovison entries from 1998 until 2012, including the results of the finals, via the Eurovision Song Contest .
Dataset (xlsx)

Hollywood's Most Profitable Stories

Title, genre, studio, profitability and ratings for movies released 2007-2012 courtesy of
Dataset (csv)

Pokemon Index

Contains attack, defense, speed, and HP stats for all Pokemon numbered 1-718 and their special forms. Via
Dataset (xlsx)

Significant Volcanic Eruptions

A global listing of over 600 volcanic eruptions from 4360 BC to the present via Significant Volcanic Eruptions Database. A significant eruption is classified as one that meets at least one of the following criteria: caused fatalities, caused moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more), Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6 or greater, generated a tsunami, or was associated with a significant earthquake.
Dataset (xlsx)

Global Active Archive of Large Flood Events

Global flood events from 1985 to present via Dartmouth Flood Observatory.
Dataset (xlsx)

Magnitude 6+ Earthquakes

All recorded earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 or greater from 1900 - 2013 via USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Dataset (xlsx)

The 2014 Inc. 5000

The Inc. 5000 is Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the United States. The list is compiled by measuring each company's percentage revenue growth over a four-year period.
Dataset (csv)

Employment Changes in Great Britain by Industry

Employment data by industry for 2011 and 2014 by city for Great Britain, courtesy of EMSI, Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. The 1-digit sheet has data aggregated at the industry level whereas the 2 digit sheet has it aggregated at the sub-industry level
Dataset (xlsx)

Millennial vs Baby Boomer Employment

Employment data in the United States for the millennial and baby boomer generations, broken up by state, MSA, and industry for 2009-2013. Courtesy of EMSI, Economic Modeling Specialists Inc .
Dataset (xls)

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How to Create a Visualization and Publish to the Web

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