Show Only Some Empty Rows or Columns

Published: 28 Feb 2018
Last Modified Date: 14 Oct 2019


How to apply a filter to empty rows/columns, so that some empty rows/columns show but not all empty rows/columns

For example, a list of customers is already filtered to show only customers in a certain state. We then want to filter the sales so that only this month's sales show. Customers without sales this month should still be listed with a blank value for sales, but not customers from other states.


Tableau Desktop


Add filters that should reduce the number of empty rows/columns to Context.
he attached example workbook uses the sample data set Superstore to demonstrate the following directions.

Step 1: Build the view

  1. Drag [Customer Name] to the Rows shelf.
  2. Drag [Sales] to the Columns shelf.
  3. Drag [State] to the Filters shelf.
  4. In the Filter dialog, check on state and click OK.
  5. Drag [Order Date] to the Filters shelf.
  6. In the Filter Field dialog, select Month/Year and click Next >. 
  7. In the Filter dialog, check one month and click OK.

Step 2: Show some empty rows

  1. Navigate to Analysis > Table Layout > Show empty rows.
  2. Right-click [State] on the Filters shelf and select Add to Context.
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