Blurry Dashboard Image Exports

Published: 11 Oct 2013
Last Modified Date: 22 Sep 2019


When using an exported dashboard image in another application, such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, the image might appear blurry or distorted.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Server
  • Windows


Option 1

  1. In the application where the image appears blurry, adjust the size of the image until the appearance improves.

Option 2

  1. Increase the dashboard size in Tableau Desktop.
  2. Export the image to PNG.
  3. Insert the saved image into the desired application.
  4. Adjust the size as necessary.

Option 3

Turn off picture compression in the application. For more information, see Turn off picture compression at Microsoft Support.


The third-party application automatically resized the inserted image, causing it to appear blurry or distorted.

Additional Information

  • PNG images tend to have higher resolution than other image file types.
  • Microsoft Word increases the size of the image in order to fill the space in the Word document.
  • For a more thorough discussion about creating high resolution graphics of Tableau visualizations see How to Create Vector Graphics and High Resolution Images of your Tableau Visualizations.
  • If you are using PowerPoint to create presentation slides, consider using the Export to PowerPoint feature, which was introduced in Tableau 2019.1. Please note that the PowerPoint (1600x900) dashboard size option should be selected to optimize your workbook images for PowerPoint.

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