Displaying Images in Tooltips

Published: 23 Jan 2014
Last Modified Date: 15 May 2020


Unable to display images in tooltips.


Tableau Desktop


Option 1: Upgrade

Upgrade to the most recent version of Tableau Desktop. 
  1. Click here for downloads of current and previous versions of Tableau Desktop: Tableau Desktop Downloads and Release Notes.
  2. For more information on current releases, see Upgrade Tableau Desktop and Desktop Upgrade.

Option 2: Add dynamic hyperlinks to the tooltip

  1. Open the workbook in Tableau Desktop, and navigate to Worksheet > Actions.
  2. Select Add action > URL.
  3. In the Add URL Action dialog box, do the following, and then click OK:
    • Name the action.
    • For URL, insert a URL similar to one of the following:
    • Click the arrow to the right of the URL, and then select the dimension that contains the desired search terms.

Option 3: Use custom shape files as floating objects

  1. Open the workbook in Tableau Desktop, and select Dashboard > New Dashboard.
  2. Add the sheet to the dashboard.
  3. Add shape objects to the dashboard. For more information, see Create a Dashboard.
  4. Make the shape objects floating objects. For more information, see Tiled and Floating Layouts.


The ability to add images to tooltips was added in Tableau Desktop 10.5.
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