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Adding Search Box in Tableau Dashboards

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

Search box or search bar is a graphical element that acts as the field for query input – for users to search and retrieve related information from the database.

In this short post, I will show you how to create and add a search box in your Tableau dashboards. The main goal is to enable user’s search the various ‘Countries’ within the dashboard rather than scrolling for minutes to find a particular Country.

But first – Let’s build the view from which the users will be searching. My dashboard/view shows Countries by population.

Next – let’s build the search box or bar.

Our search box is simply a parameter, named ‘Search Country’ with a ‘String’ data type, no Current value and one that allows All inputs.

Let’s create the calculation linking our parameter and the view – using the function CONTAINS() as follows.

This formula will return countries containing the phrase searched - in the parameter 'Search Country'. Add this calculation to the filter shelf and select ‘True’. Show parameter control and try searching for different members of the dimension used in the view – Countries & Areas for this case.

The view above returns Countries containing the phrase ‘tu’ searched on the search box -'Search Country'.

Note: Same idea can be replicated by adding a Wildcard Match filter.

How is done;

Drag the dimension you would like to search from – to the filters shelf >> Show Filters >>Choose Wildcard Match

Executing this and searching for phrase ‘man’ returns.

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Bernard K

Analytics Consultant | 3X Tableau Certified

Bernard is a data analytics consultant helping businesses reveal the true power of their data and bring clarity to their reporting dashboards. He loves building things and sharing knowledge on how to build dashboards that drive better outcomes.

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