Opening and Closing the Application

The first thing to understand is how to open and close the application.

Open Tableau

Open Tableau Desktop by doing any of the following:
  • Double-click the Tableau icon on your desktop.
  • Select Start > All Programs > Tableau.
  • Double-click a Tableau workbook or bookmark file. Tableau files are typically stored in the My Tableau Repository folder of your My Documents folder.
  • Drag a data source such as an Excel or Access file onto the Tableau icon or the application window. Tableau automatically makes a connection to the data source.

Close Tableau

When you are done working in Tableau you should save your work and close the application. Close the application by doing one of the following:
  • Click the Close icon located in the right corner of the application title bar.
  • Select File > Exit.
If your workbook has not been saved, you will be asked whether you want to save it.

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