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Creating a Title that Automatically Displays Today's Date


Published: 17 Mar 2017
Last Modified Date: 17 Mar 2017

Question

How to create a worksheet or dashboard title that always shows today's date.

Environment

Tableau Desktop

Answer

Worksheets

  1. Select Analysis > Create Calculated Field
  2. Name the field Today, enter the following calculation, then click OK: 
    TODAY()
  3. Drag Today onto Detail, then right-click YEAR(Today) and select More > Custom > Detail
  4. In the Custom dialog box, select Month/Day/Year.
  5. If a title is not already displayed, select Worksheet > Show Title
  6. Right-click the title on the view and select Edit Title.
  7. In the Edit Title dialog box, remove the current text. 
  8. Click Insert and choose MDY(Today), then click OK.
The title now shows the current month, day and year.

Dashboards

The Title of a dashboard cannot reference the field, so use a worksheet in place of the dashboard's title. 
  1. Create a new sheet, and follow the steps from the Worksheets section, and name the worksheet Title
  2. If your dashboard has a title, remove it. 
  3. Drag the Title worksheet to the top of the dashboard.
  4.  Right-click the Title worksheet and select Fit > Fit Width
  5. Drag up the bottom edge of the view so only the title shows. 
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