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February 22, 2017

Tableau Tip Tuesday: How to Add Min/Max Indicators to Sparklines

The backlog of videos that I want to create is quite extensive and including min/max indicators on sparklines has been sitting there for a while. This week's #MakeoverMonday by Ann Jackson kicked me into gear.  Thanks Ann!

First, let's have a quick look at Ann's viz:

Notice the sparklines with the indicators on the right. In this week's tip, I'll walk you through how I would go about creating those. The video is under five minutes and easily replicable. Enjoy!


  1. What do you suggest if there are multiple occurrences at the high or low value. I do a lot of metrics where 0 is a valid min value per month. What I can't seem to solve is just showing the first or last min/max value.

    1. Off the top of my head, you could do it via a table calculation, but I'd have to spend some time looking at it.

  2. Hi Andy, I tried replicating this with Superstore Sample data for Sales per region. I am not able to calculate Max and Min Sales correctly for each region.Some problem at the level of aggregation:
    Max Sales =IF ([Sales])={FIXED [Region]:max([Sales])}
    then ([Sales]) END

    But when i drag this on the axis and synchronize axis, the dots are not aligning with the maximum sales points. What am i doing wrong here?

    I have month(Order Date) on columns and Region, Sum(Sales) and Sum(Max sales) on columns

    1. Priyanka, your calculation is overly complicated. If all you want is the max sales per region then the calc should be {FIXED [Region]:max([Sales])}. There's no need for the IF statement.