Limiting Action Filter to Specified Marks in a View

Published: 24 Oct 2013
Last Modified Date: 30 Jan 2018


How to limit a Filter Action to trigger only when certain specified marks are selected or hovered over.


Tableau Desktop


The following instructions can be reviewed in the workbook attached below.
  1. Create a calculated field with IF/THEN logic to specify affected marks. For example:
    IF [State or Province] = "California" THEN "TO THE GRAPH" END
  2. Reference this field in the name of the action filter set to run on Menu selection.
    • Calculated Field will return "TO THE GRAPH" as clickable text for the Run on:Menu Action Filter.
    • NULL returns from Calculated Field will not return any clickable text.


The ability to limit action filters to only execute on some marks within a view is not functionality currently built into the product.
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