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Based on my personal thoughts

Pie chart is one of the most common charts seen in a visualization. The first time I came across this is a long time back as a kid while using Powerpoint.

It’s the time of the year when you get to participate in the biggest event by Tableau — IronViz.

What is IronViz?

Quoting Tableau “Iron Viz — the world’s largest virtual data visualization competition — ignites and showcases the power of the Tableau Community, giving you the opportunity to interact with data rockstars worldwide. Three finalists will advance to the 2021 Iron Viz Championship this November”

I love the Tag line used by Tableau for this event: Win or learn — You can’t lose! That is so true. …

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Tools like Tableau, Power BI have made visualizations easier for us. We can do anything with these tools. But even after that, Bar charts are the MOST used charts, especially on Business Dashboards.

When should you use it?

It is best used to show the distribution of data points and to compare the values across the dimension.

What not to do?

They are quite powerful if used in the right place, in the right manner.

We spend an awful amount of time on a dashboard that ends up being hardly used. Hurts pretty bad, right? So you sit there and wonder, what went wrong? In most cases, it all comes down to how easy is it to use the dashboard.

Is this overwhelming to look at?

Tableau suggests limiting the number of views…

I recently witnessed some amazing work from the #datafam community on Portfolio Day. That’s when I got an idea to build this in Tableau.

If you’ve been working with the Tableau version before 2019.2, you must have used a parameter swapping method. From 2019.2 onwards, Tableau has introduced Show/Hide containers which can also be used to swap worksheets.
But in this blog, I’ll be talking about swapping worksheets using parameters only and a challenge that I had faced initially.

How does Parameter swapping work?

Taking an example, you have two worksheets with bar charts: Bar -1 and Bar -2

Quick Tip: It’s good to name your containers. It comes in handy when you’re navigating through a bunch of container hierarchies to locate something.

After a hectic week, I happily opened my laptop on a late Friday night. I was eagerly waiting for the weekend to work on the viz idea I had. I downloaded the images for my viz and when I assigned them in Tableau, I notice that it is all messed up!

How to assign a shape?

Let’s start with the basics. To assign the image as a shape it must be in the Shape folder.

Scenario 1:


You must have probably seen this on websites. A bunch of images present and when you click on one, it expands or zooms in.

I’ll be walking through the steps to build the view. So let’s jump it!

I used this technique in one of my IronQuest viz on Movie Calendar 2021.

Let us jump in! :)


We first need the images that we’ll be using in our dashboard.

Have you been in a situation where you had to download a bunch of images manually? Welcome to the club! Been there, done that.

1.0 Image of Screen

So the idea is to use the Image of the…

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