Prevent charts from being clickable or hoverable

Discover a simple trick that you can use to stop users clicking on or hovering over your charts on a Tableau dashboard

How To Prevent Users Clicking or Hovering Charts on your Dashboard

Sometimes you have a chart that you've placed on your dashboard that you don't want your users to be able to click on, having a headline number is a good example of this and even if you disable tooltips and ensure there are no dashboard actions assigned to the chart you'll still find that they chart is hiighlighted as you hover over it and users can still click it.

There's a really simple way to prevents this - simply add a blank dashboard item with a transparent background and no border over the top of your chart(s) and this will prevent this from happening!

Check out how to do this in the video below:

Step by step instructions:

  1. On the Dashboard tab select a Blank in the Objects window
  2. Ensure the Floating option is selected (or hold down the shift key as you drag the Blank)
  3. Drag and drop the Blank onto your dashboard near the chart(s) you want to stop users interacting with
  4. Drag the height and width of the Blank to cover your chart(s) (alternatively you can manually set the position, height and width of the Blank in Layout tab for more precise control)
  5. Optionally, right click the Blank in the Layout tab and rename it so you know later on what the item is for
  6. Click into full screen mode and notice now how the charts can no longer be clicked and don't highlight when you hover over them as the Blank item is now masking them