Welcome to Tableau Desktop

We're excited to have you

The steps and resources below will help you start your journey with Tableau.

What's 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

Classroom Training

Prefer to learn in a classroom environment? Our instructor-led in-person and virtual classes will get you ramped on Tableau quickly. We suggest starting with Desktop I: Fundamentals.

Orient yourself

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

Watch: Tour the Tableau Interface
Dive deeper: The Tableau Workspace

Connect to data

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

Watch: Connect to Data
Additional reading: Connecting to a specific data source

Watch Tableau Conference sessions

We captured Tableau keynotes, breakout sessions, and live content so you can revisit any sessions you may have missed—or watch them for the first time if you couldn’t join us live!

Watch Tableau Conference Sessions

Prep your data

If you're having trouble getting your data into Tableau Desktop, you may need to do some data prep before it's analysis-ready. Use Tableau Prep to combine, clean, or shape your data then output it to Tableau Desktop for analysis. The flexible, visual experience of Tableau Prep gives you a deeper understanding of your data. It makes common, yet complex tasks like joins, unions, pivots and aggregations simple and visual. With your Creator license, you get access to Tableau Prep.

Build a data visualization

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: Build a Visualization

Additional reading: Viz Building Basics

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

Refine your visualization

Hone in on what data is important to you by sorting, grouping, and filtering your data visualization.

Watch: Sorting, Grouping, Filtering

Build a map

Getting your location data on a map is easy as dragging and dropping. Learn how to see your geographic data in a map in Tableau with these resources.

Watch: Build a Map
Deeper reading: Build and Use Maps

Combine views into a dashboard

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

Watch: Build a Dashboard

Share and collaborate

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

Sharing and collaborating with Tableau

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

Instructor-led 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.

Training Videos

Bite-sized training videos on a variety of topics.