How to install Tableau Public

To participate in Tableau Training, you need to have Tableau Public installed on your laptop.

NOTE: You should make sure you have the latest version of Tableau Public for this workshop. If you're running an earlier version, just download the newest version (you don't need to uninstall the old version first).

As long as you have a PC running Windows 8, 10 or 11, or a Mac that's no more than four years old and running macOS Monterey or later, you should be able to run Tableau Public no problem (detailed system requirements for Tableau here). However, to avoid any nasty surprises, I recommend installing Tableau Public — and making sure it's running properly — before registering for the workshop. Especially if you're on a Mac, as some people have had problems with Tableau not working with their version of OS X.

NOTE: Those with Surface Pro 4 devices have reported some problems with how Tableau looks on their machine, which can make working with Tableau much more difficult. For this reason, I recommend you do not use a Surface Pro for this training.

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Go to the Tableau Public download page:

Click on the "Create" button in the top left corner and select "Download Tableau Desktop Public Edition"

 On a PC, you should now see a Tableau Public shortcut on your desktop. Double click it.

On a Mac, you may have to search for Tableau by double clicking the search icon in the top right and typing in 'tableau' or going into your Applications folder. From there, you may want to drag the program into your dock so you can access it more easily.

Double click on the icon to load Tableau Public. If you've installed it correctly, you should see a screen that looks something like this:

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