Quick filters in Tableau

Tableau Quick Filters

In Tableau, many filter types are quickly available using the right-click option on the measure and dimension. These filters have enough functionality to solve most of the everyday filtering needs. These filters are known as Quick filters.

The below screenshot shows how the quick filters are accessed:

The given below table lists the various quick filters and their uses in Tableau.

Filter Name Purpose
Single Value (List) It selects only one value at a time in the list.
Single Value (Dropdown) It selects a single value in a drop-down list.
Multiple Values (List) It can select one or more values in a list.
Multiple Values (Dropdown) It selects one or more values in the drop-down list.
Multiple Values (Custom List) It selects and searches for one or more values.
Single Value (Slider) It drags a horizontal slider for selecting a single value.
Wildcard Match It selects values containing the specified characters.

For example , consider a data source such as Sample-Superstore , to apply some quick filters. First,

  • Choose the sub-category field as the row shelf and sales as the column shelf that produces a horizontal bar chart.
  • Drag the sub-category field to the filters pane. Apply wildcard filtering using the expression p* to select all subcategory names starting with " p ".

The below screenshot shows the result after applying this filter where only the sub-categories starting with " p " are displayed:

How to Clear the Filter

After the analysis is completed by applying the filter, you can remove it by using the clear filter option.

  • First, go to the Filter Pane.
  • And, right-click on the field and choose Clear Filter option as shown in the below screenshot.

After clearing filter from the filter pane, the worksheet looks like the below screenshot: