Tableau Bar Chart – How to build Bar Chart in Tableau

1. Objective

In this tutorial for tableau, we will learn about Tableau bar chart and how to build Bar Chart in Tableau and work with them with proper step wise step procedure.
So, let us begin with Tableau Bar Chart

Tableau Bar Chart- Steps to Create Bar chart in Tableau

Tableau Bar Chart- Steps to Create Bar chart in Tableau

2. Introduction to Tableau Bar Chart

Bar charts are probably one of the most common, if not the most common, type of chart that is used to visualize data. Bar charts are best used when you are comparing numeric data that is clearly split into different items or categories. These charts are an easy favorite among the chart types because it allows us to easily look at the edges, and see approximately how much longer one bar is than another, even if the difference is very slight. Bars are also often sorted to make it easy to spot top or bottom items.
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3. Steps involved in Building Bar Chart in Tableau

The following are the steps to create the top 15 movies Tableau bar chart:
Step 1. From dimensions, drag film to rows.
Step 2. From measures, drag rotten tomatoes % to columns.=
Step 3. Change the aggregation of rotten tomatoes % from the sum to Average. You can do this by clicking on the drop-down icon in the rotten tomatoes % pill, or by right-clicking it.

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 3

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 3

Step 4. Hover your mouse pointer over the avg. rotten tomatoes % axis and click on the sort icon that appears. This will sort the bars in descending order.

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 4

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 4

Step 5. From dimensions, drag film to the filters shelf. This will open a menu for filters

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 5

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 5

Note that the Year pill in the Rows shelf will now have an icon that indicates it is sorted in descending order.
Step 6. Select the top tab. Choose By field: and specify top, 15, rotten tomatoes %, and
Average as shown next. Click OK when done

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 6

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 6

Step 7. Adjust the width and height of the film titles. You can do this by moving your mouse pointer to the column or row edge of a film until you see a double-headed arrow. The left-right double-headed arrow allows you to adjust the width, and the up-down double-headed arrow allows you to adjust the height.
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Step 8. From measures, drag audience scores % to the color in the marks change the aggregation from the sum to average.

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 8

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 8

Step 9. Click on the drop-down arrow beside the color legend and choose Edit title…. Change the title to avg. audience score. You can get to this option by clicking on the drop-down arrow on the color legend’s top-right corner.

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 9

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 9

Step 10. Click on the drop-down arrow beside the color legend again. This time chooses Edit colors…..
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Step 11. Choose the Blue 10.0 palette. Select the stepped color, and specify 5 steps:

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 11

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 11

Step 12. Click on tooltip in the marks cards and add the following tooltip…

Tableau Bar Chart - Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 12

Tableau Bar Chart – Build Bar Chart in Tableau Step 12

Note that only fields you have used in the sheet can be added to the tooltip via the Insert drop-down. You can also add some predefined values such as Data Source Name, Sheet Name, or Page Count.
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4. Conclusion

In this Tableau bar chart tutorial, we learned how to build bar charts how they will help us move forward to the master tableau.
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