2021 Week 6 | Tableau: Can you build a Fancy Text Table?


This month I’ve decided to focus on something you’ve rarely ever seen from me – a good old fashioned text table.  This challenge should be straightforward for users of all levels.

And of course since I try to avoid plain text tables, this one has some fancy formatting thrown in for good measure.

There is one major criteria for this week – you may only use Measure Names and Measure Values.


  • Dashboard Size: 1200px by 800 px
  • # of Sheets – one (also NO text boxes)
  • Create a text table with the following items
    • CY Sales (you can hardcode as 2020 or create an LOD)
    • LY Sales (2019)
    • % Diff Sales
    • Delta Sales
    • CY vs LY result – check mark if CY > LY otherwise X
    • Best sales date per month
    • Worst sales date per month
  • Formatting – red and green are from Traffic Light palette

A small hint: dates are numbers too!


This week uses the superstore dataset for Tableau 2020.4. You can get it here at data.world


When you publish your solution on Tableau Public make sure to take the time and include a link to the original inspiration.  Also include the hashtag #WOW2021 in your description to make it searchable!


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtag #WOW2021 and tag @AnnUJackson, @ItsCandraM, @LukeStanke, @_Lorna_Brown and @HipsterVizNinja



17 thoughts on “2021 Week 6 | Tableau: Can you build a Fancy Text Table?”

  1. Hi Ann,

    Here the Negative Delta for CY vs PY seem to be have a repetition.
    For Example, for December, delta is “-$-13,170”.
    Shouldn’t we have it as “-$13,170”

    Thanks !

  2. Hi Ann,

    Do you know if a solution video will be provided?
    Also wondering what the best way to add those “emojis” to the viz?

    Thanks much!

  3. Hello Ann.. I have just started leaning tableau and your challenges are very helpful. Can you please post the solution on your Youtube channel too as I am not able to view it here.
    Thanks !!

  4. Bidhan Chandra Saha

    Hi Ann , almost finished building this view but unable to add the CY vs LY column as shown. Just wanted to know how to add the tick marks and cross marks in the CY vs LY column. Thank You.

  5. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for all that you do on this page. Can you please provide the video link for the solution ?


  6. hey Ann, I still can not figure out how /where you change the rank text to Bottom and Top.
    The calculated field result is 1 and -1

  7. Hi Ann / Community – Why did the “BEST DAY” and “WORST DAY” values have to be converted to INT and why did we have to add 2 to get the correct dates?

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