Tableau Area Chart

Tableau Area Chart is a Line Chart where the space or place between the Axis and the Lines fill with color(s). In this article, we will show you how to Create an Area Chart with an example. For this demonstration, we will use the Sample – Superstore Data Source.

Tableau Area Chart Example

To create the Tableau Area Chart First, Drag and Drop Quantity from the Measures Region to the Rows Shelf. Since it is a Measure value, Quantity will aggregate to default Sum. Once you drag them, a Bar Chart will generate.

Bar Graph 2

Next, Drag and Drop the Year from the Dimension Region to the Tableau Column Shelf. Once you drag them, a Line graph will generate. Please refer to the Discrete Area Chart chart for the remaining option.

Line Graph 3

Let’s change the value from Year to All months present each year to see the detailed monthly information (trend) in the Area Chart.

Line Chart 4

Now, you see the detailed Line chart for each month of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Line Graph 5

Let me compare the Trends for each Category. To do so, Drag and Drop the Category from Dimension Region to the Colors field present in the Marks Shelf.

Multiple Line Graphs 6

Now you can see the Trend for each category. To convert the Line, Please change the Mark type from Automatic to Area. Or, Select Tableau Area Chart from the Show Me window.

Change Marks Type to Area 8

Now you can see the Area Graph

Tableau Area Chart 9

Let me change the Category’s position

Tableau Area Chart 10

Add Labels to the Tableau Area Chart

Drag and Drop the Category from Dimension Region to the Text or Label field in the Marks Shelf. As you can see, the category’s Names are on the Area graph.

Add data labels to Tableau Area Chart 11

Detailed Chart

Let me expand the Category to show the Area Chart for every Sub-category

Detailed Tableau Area Chart 12

We further divided the chart based on the Product Name

Tableau Detailed Area Chart 13

Selecting any specific area will show you the information at that particular point.

Tableau Area Chart Tooltip or Annotations 14

Discrete Area Chart

Show Me has one more option called Discrete Area Chart in Tableau. Let me select the same from Show Me

Discrete Tableau Area Chart 15

Now, you can see the Discrete Area Chart for each category.

Tableau Area Chart 16