Set Individual Column Widths

Product(s): Tableau Desktop
Version(s): All
Last Modified Date: 16 Aug 2016

By default, Tableau Desktop resizes all column widths uniformly, but you can adjust column widths individually by changing measures from Continuous to Discrete.

  1. Connect to Sample – Superstore (in Tableau Desktop 9.x) or Sample – Superstore Subset (in Tableau Desktop 8.x).
  2. Drag Customer Name from the Dimensions pane to the Rows shelf.

  3. Drag Measure Values from the Measures pane to Detail on the Marks card.

    To simplify this exercise, drag some of the measures off the Measure Values card so that there are only four measures listed. In our example we list only Discount, Number of Records, Profit, and Sales.

  4. .

  5. Convert measures from Continuous to Discrete. Drag each measure, except the last one (in our example, Sales), from the Measure Values card to the Rows shelf, right-click the measure, and then select Discrete.

    Leave the last measure, now on the Marks card, unchanged. In our example, leave Sales unchanged.

  6. Populate the Sales column with data and a column header:

    1. From the Dimensions pane, drag Measure Names to the Columns shelf and the Filters card.

    2. In the Filter [Measure Names] dialog box, clear every check box except the one for the unchanged last measure (in our example, Sales), and then click OK.

    3. From the Measures pane, drag Measure Values to Text on the Marks card.

You can now adjust each column width to suit your view.


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