In this video I will provide a method in which you can place your bar chart labels above the bars in Tableau. This technique is based off Adolfo Hernandez’s technique with a little more explanation and additional alternatives for the zero line. Make sure to add this to your bar chart repertoire!
If you want to follow-along with the video, you can download the data at this link:
In the video I exported data from the “Per Game Stats” section but you are free to download from whichever stats section you’d prefer.
High Level Steps:
Make sure to watch the video to get more in-depth:
- Drag your measure to columns (e.g., 3P)
- Drag your dimension to Rows (e.g., Team)
- Sort the measure to descending value
- Place the Team and 3P on the label and format accordingly
- Create a placeholder directly on the Columns shelf : AVG(0))
- Drag the placeholder to the bottom of the visual onto the 3P axis to make a combined axis visual
- In the Measure Value area make sure that AGG(AVG(0)) is placed above SUM(3P)
- Uncheck “Show Headers” for the Team dimension and for the axis at the bottom of the visual
- Format the visual to remove unnecessary borders and lines
- Make the following adjustments on the Label:
- Marks to Label: Min/Max
- Scope: Pane
- Field: Measure Values
- Allow Labels to Overlap Other Mark
- Label Minimum Value
- Change the color of the bar chart borders to the background color of your visual in order to camouflage the tiny bar created by AVG(0)
- Uncheck “Show Header” for AVG(0)
When it’s all said and done you have a fresh new take on adding labels to your bar chart that can add differentiation to your overall visual!
For more detail on how to add a zero line (which I believe is important for bar charts in general and is a good design practice), watch the video.
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