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Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification

By : Adam Mico
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Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification

By: Adam Mico

Overview of this book

The Tableau Desktop Specialist certification is fundamental for any data visualization professional who works in the field with Tableau. This book gets you started by covering the exam format, Tableau basics, and best practices for preparing data for analysis and visualization. It also builds on your knowledge of advanced Tableau topics to get you up to speed with the essential domains and domain objectives. Although the guide provides an outline and starting point to key in on what needs to be understood before the examination, it also delivers in context to give you a strong understanding of each piece before taking the exam. Instructions on how to get hands on with examples, a common data source, and suggested elements are also included. Understanding the concepts will not only assist you in passing the examination, but will also help you work effectively with the tool in your workspace. By the end of this book, you'll be able to efficiently prepare for the certification exam with the help of mock tests, detailed explanations, and expert advice from the author.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Tableau
Part 2: Mastering the Exam
Part 3: The Final Prep

Formatting a visualization for presentation

In previous chapters, you learned many of the skills needed to apply basic formatting to a worksheet, but without the context of best practice or in-depth finetuning. In this section, we will focus on more advanced formatting skills and provide best practice usage for the following, as they are focal parts of the examination:

  • Using colors from the Marks card
  • Configuring fonts
  • Formatting marks as shapes
  • Configuring visualization animations
  • Changing the size of marks
  • Showing and hiding legends

Let’s get started!

Using colors from the Marks card

Tableau has two types of color palettes: one for discrete values (called Categorical) and another for continuous values (or Quantitative). They are segregated because data flows with quantitative measures as categorical colors are separated into individual segments. We will begin with categorical marks.

Categorical color marks

Categorical marks are...