Viz in Tooltip - Tableau's Latest Breakthrough

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out for yourself yet, I want to introduce you to Tableau’s latest breakthrough, the “viz in tooltip”. Let me show you how this works and why it’s valuable.

Let’s say we’ve built a chart to see sales by state and would like to hover over a bar and see the top 5 customers in that state. As discussed in an earlier write-up about the Attribute function, when we drop a dimension on tooltip for a chart like this (and there’s more than one value per state) we are going to see an asterisk instead of a list of values.

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There is no simple way of getting Tableau to create a list of comma separated values. However, with the viz in tooltip function, we can create a secondary chart the displays a breakdown of those top 5 customers.

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Then we can return to the first worksheet and add the second worksheet to the tooltip.

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*If you are specifically performing a top filter, you’ll like need to go to the second worksheet and add the tooltip filter action to context so the top filter works appropriately.

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Now as you hover over marks in the first worksheet, the filtered version of the worksheet will display in the tooltip, pretty cool!

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This is a valuable way of providing supporting information without overwhelming a worksheet or dashboard with unnecessary visual clutter.

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