In Tableau’s own words:

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


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

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:

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

And Ryan Sleeper shares three tips:

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

Example workbooks

Lindsey Poulter created this dashboard for #MakeoverMonday:!/vizhome/BestStatestoRaiseChildren/Dashboard

Curtis Harris created this excellent Viz: