Changing the Default Tableau Version Used to Open Files

Published: 14 Aug 2013
Last Modified Date: 08 Dec 2016


How to change the default Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader version used to open workbooks.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Reader
  • Windows 7


Option 1

Follow the steps in Change which programs Windows uses by default in the Microsoft knowledge base for instructions about changing which program Windows uses by default.

Option 2

Uninstall and re-install the desired default version of Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader. For example, if you would like Tableau Desktop 8.1 to open workbooks by default, uninstall and then re-install Tableau Desktop 8.1. For more information, see Downloading Tableau Products in the Tableau knowledge base.

Additional Information

The installation process updates the Windows registry. By default, workbooks will open in the most recently installed version of Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader.
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