Definition

In Tableau’s own words:

Tableau allows you to add context and interactivity to your data using actions.

Videos

Tableau’s tutorials include an overview of the highlight, filter, and URL actions:

http://www.tableau.com/learn/tutorials/on-demand/dashboard-interactivity-using-actions?signin=896d03bf6f0c2624ea5f8a3b19bfd6b1

Chris Love at The Information Lab provides two handy videos:

And a final video from DataChampions warrants inclusion:

Blog posts

Tableau themselves provide a nice overview of all the action types:

https://onlinehelp.tableau.com/current/pro/online/mac/en-us/actions.html

Peter Gilks provides an outstanding overview (complete with downloadable workbooks):

http://paintbynumbersblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/a-rough-guide-to-tableau-dashboard.html

And Ryan Sleeper shares three tips:

http://www.evolytics.com/blog/tableau-201-3-creative-ways-to-use-dashboard-actions/

Interworks have several posts about dashboard actions, including this one looking at what filter actions actually do:

https://www.interworks.com/blog/dwyers/2014/06/23/questions-tableau-training-dashboard-actions

Example workbooks

Lindsey Poulter created this dashboard for #MakeoverMonday:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/lindsey.poulter8872#!/vizhome/BestStatestoRaiseChildren/Dashboard

Curtis Harris created this excellent Viz:

https://public.tableau.com/views/HumanTraffickingExplorer/HumanTraffickingExplorer?:embed=y&:showVizHome=no&:showTabs=y&:display_count=y&:display_static_image=y&:bootstrapWhenNotified=true

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