23. Tableau data

When the source data for your data-driven charts is available in Tableau, you can create charts directly from there. When data in Tableau changes, you can either update the charts on command or have think-cell do the update automatically.

Requirements for linking to Tableau
Creating a chart from Tableau data

23.1 Requirements for linking to Tableau

Naturally, you need access to a Tableau server to link a chart to Tableau data. think-cell uses an interface to Tableau that is available in a browser window to extract the data represented in a Tableau view and makes the data available to a think-cell chart in place of its datasheet. This part of think-cell's functionality is implemented as a Chrome extension, so you also need the Chrome browser from Google.

23.2 Creating a chart from Tableau data

  1. Open a Tableau dashboard in Chrome.
  2. Click the icon of the think-cell extension: think-cell Chrome extension icon
  3. The different views on your dashboard are detected and shaded in green when the mouse pointer is over them. Click one. Select view on Tableau dashboard
  4. A new tab is opened with the view's data. Pick the chart type you want to create. Pick think-cell chart type
  5. Assign columns to the parts of the think-cell data sheet pertinent to the chosen chart type, i.e., for a stacked chart, catagories, series and values. Assign Tableau data columns to think-cell data sheet parts
  6. Click Create to create a think-cell chart in PowerPoint. think-cell chart from Tableau data

think-cell remembers the connection to the Tableau data! Clicking on the datasheet button of the chart in PowerPoint will open the tab with the view's data in Chrome. There, you can click on Update to transmit updated data to PowerPoint. You can also start the data update from think-cell's Data Links dialog:

Category labels on top of a chart


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