Creating a Bar Chart by Stacking Shapes

Published: 24 Jul 2013
Last Modified Date: 31 Aug 2016


How to stack shape marks into a bar

For example, if 3 ships are built in 2003 and 7 ships built in 2013 the view would look like:

2003  x x x
2013  x x x x x x x


  • Tableau Personal 8.0.3
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Excel


To create the view
  1. Drag Year on the Rows or Column Shelf
  2. Drag the ID field on the Level of Detail
  3. Change the Mark type to Shape
  4. Edit Shape to use the Custom Shape
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