Annotated Tableau Public tutorial video: A quick start guide for instructors and first-timers

This is a 5-minute video I created for the Intro to Data Visualization open course. Instructors and beginners of Tableau can use it as a quick start guide to create interactive data visualizations.

I have found it helpful to have first-time users of Tableau create their first visualization following a short tutorial and postponing any technical questions, so as to get a quick feel of how the software works.

The demo visualization, showing state-by-state U.S. population, is an interactive dashboard of three charts and a filter. The dashboard is embedded below in this post, and can also be viewed in a larger, standalone version.

The video tutorial, underneath the visualization, shows the steps in creating the charts and dashboard, and has on-screen annotations where necessary. The video is created using Camtasia, a commercial screen recorder and video editor.

If you are interested in recreating this demo project, here’s what you need to do: download Tableau Public and install it on your computer; create a free account with Tableau Public; download a data set of U.S. population; and watch and follow steps in the video tutorial.

About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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4 Responses to Annotated Tableau Public tutorial video: A quick start guide for instructors and first-timers

  1. Tekslate says:

    Hi Mu,

    Thank you for sharing a great Tableau article. Keep posting more.

  2. KBS Tech says:

    thanks Mu lin its very interesting and very helpful video tutorial

  3. kishore says:

    Thanks for the comment and glad you find the post useful.

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