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Step 1

Enter your business email address and click 'Download Free Trial'. Click 'Save' in the pop up on the bottom of your screen.

Step 2

Accept the terms of the license agreement by checking the box. Then click 'Install'.

Step 3

Wait for Tableau to finish installing then complete the form. Click 'Start Trial Now'.

Welcome to Tableau Desktop. We're excited to have you.

The steps and resources below are what you need to start your journey with Tableau Desktop. You'll also find additional resources to continue your learning at the bottom of the page. Viz on!

What is Tableau Desktop?

Before we dive into the content below, let's do quick overview of what Tableau Desktop is. With Tableau Desktop, you can connect to a variety of data sources and start visualizing data.

See Tableau Desktop in Action

Step 1 - Orient Yourself

Get yourself familiar with the Tableau interface so you can find your way around.

Watch: The Tableau Interface

Dive deeper: Tableau workspace

Step 2 - Connect to Data & Build a Viz

Connect to Data

Tableau Desktop connects to a variety of data sources. Learn how to connect to data with these resources.

Watch: Getting Started With Data

Do: Connect to data tutorial

Additional reading: Connecting to a specific data source

Build a Viz

Now that you've connected to data, it’s time to start building a data visualization (viz for short) in Tableau so you can see your data up close.

Watch: Viz building basics

Do: Drag and drop tutorial

Learn how the 'Show Me' menu can help you.

Step 3 - Beyond Bar Charts

Get familiar with the Marks card to take your vizzes beyond the basics by controlling color, size, shape and detail. We'll also look at filtering your view.

Watch: Getting Started with Visual Analytics

Do: Focus your results

Dive deeper: Try building these different chart types

Step 4 - Combine Vizzes Into a Dashboard

Combine multiple vizzes into a single, interactive dashboard. Include filters, images, and webpages in your dashboard for a more complete view of your data.

Watch: Building a Dashboard

Do: Create a dashboard

Dive deeper: Customize and format your dashboard

Step 5 - Share & Collaborate

Don't keep your vizzes and insights to yourself - share them with your colleagues. Tableau Server or Tableau Online allows you to publish vizzes to the web so others can interact with your analytics and answer their own questions of the data.

Read: Sharing and collaborating with Tableau

Step 6 - Join The Community of Tableau Fans

The community of Tableau users can’t wait to meet you. Network, ask questions, share ideas, and hear what’s coming next.

More resources to continue your journey

In-person training

Prefer to learn in a classroom environment? We've got you covered. Three levels of Tableau Desktop courses offered in cities across the world, or in virtual classrooms.

Live Online Training

Join a webinar-style training with a product expert. Various topics offered each week.

On-Demand Videos

Free bite-sized training videos on a variety of topics.