How to Create a Table in Tableau: A Step-by-Step Guide

Published: April 21, 2024 - 3 min read

Julian Alvarado

Tables in Tableau provide a detailed view of your data, allowing for deeper analysis and insights. While creating tables may seem straightforward, beginners often face challenges in understanding the process.

 In this blog post, you’ll learn how to prepare your data for table creation and follow a step-by-step tutorial to create a table in Tableau, complete with screenshots to guide you through each step.

Create Table in Tableau: Getting Started

Before creating a table in Tableau, it’s essential to ensure your data is properly prepared and compatible with your workbook.

This includes ensuring the structure, data types, and formats align with your existing setup and dashboards. Additionally, you may need to update calculations, parameters, filters, and relationships to suit the new data source.

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Locating the Sub-Category dimension in the data source.

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Creating Tables in Tableau: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1. To begin creating a table in Tableau, locate the Sub-Category dimension in your data source.

Dragging the Sub-Category dimension to the Rows shelf in Tableau.

Then, drag it to the Rows shelf. This action will display all the sub-categories in your table.

Dragging the Sales measure to the Rows shelf in Tableau.

Step 2. Next, drag the Sales measure to the Rows shelf. This action will add the Sales measure to your table.

Dragging the Sales measure to the Rows shelf in Tableau.

Once you’ve added the measure, click on the Table visual icon to switch to the table view.

Clicking on the Table visual icon in Tableau.

Step 3. To include the Quantity measure in your table, drag it to the Rows shelf.

Clicking on the Table visual icon in Tableau.

If the table view is not already selected, click on the Table visual icon again.

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Clicking on the Table visual icon in Tableau.

Step 4. Finally, drag the Profit measure to the Rows shelf to include it in your table.

Dragging the Quantity measure to the Rows shelf in Tableau.

Your table should now display the Sub-Category, Sales, Quantity, and Profit measures.

Step 5. To add column totals to your table, navigate to the Analytics menu, select Totals, and choose Column Grand Totals.

Dragging the Profit measure to the Rows shelf in Tableau.

This will display the sum of all values for each measure at the bottom of the table.

Navigating to the Analytics menu in Tableau.

Create Table in Tableau: Tips and Tricks

  • Format the table to improve readability, such as adjusting column widths and applying conditional formatting. This will help you quickly identify patterns and outliers in your data.
  • Use sorting and filtering options to analyze specific subsets of data within the table. For example, you can sort by Sales to identify your top-performing sub-categories.
  • Experiment with different table calculations and calculated fields to derive additional insights from your data. Tableau offers a wide range of calculation options to meet your analysis needs.


Creating tables in Tableau is a powerful way to analyze and visualize your data in detail. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can create informative tables that provide valuable insights into your business.

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