Tableau is extremely powerful, flexible, and easy to use for creating tables. Drag a measure into the pane, a dimension or two into the Rows and/or Columns, maybe double-click another measure, two, or three, and presto! voila! you have a nice table containing the measures' values sorted and organized according to the dimensions' members' default sorting.
Easy, nice, neat, and tidy.
Except that it's not quite so simple. Tableau has a particular philosophy about how tables should be decorated, and this isn't always exactly in tune with what many people expect. This post is the first in a series that examines Tableau's table layout schemes and provides some (hopefully) useful clarity to the whole endeavor, with guidelines for achieving the table presentations you need.
First up, the embedded Tableau Public-published workbook below shows a simple series of tables with the default Tableau presentation along with some notes on interesting aspects. As is pretty clear, for a simple set of very closely related tables there's quite a variety in their presentation.