Assigning a Color Palette to a Field

Product(s): Tableau Public, Tableau Desktop
Version(s): 7.0, 8.0
Last Modified Date: 21 Feb 2017

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When you use the same field for color or shape encoding in multiple sheets of your workbook, they automatically use the same colors and shapes, so your workbooks and dashboards look consistent  and can be presented as a collection of related views.For example, in looking at student data you may have a "Gender" field. When you place this field on the Color shelf, the default colors are used.

You can edit the color encoding by double-clicking one of the items in the color legend, or by right-clicking the field in the Data window and selecting Field Properties Color.

What if you always want to use pink and blue for female and male values? You can specify it once, and any time you use that field on the Color shelf in the workbook, those colors are used. Shape encodings are also shared across multiple sheets in the workbook.

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