This is a Quick Tip on how to build Arrow Bar Charts in Tableau, so less reading and more jumping in. We are going to spend 5 minutes or less building our Arrow Bar charts.


Load the following data into Tableau Desktop / Public.

Canadian Province2017 Population (Millions)
British Columbia4.817
New Brunswick *0.754
Nova Scotia0.953
Newfoundland and Labrador0.529
Prince Edward Island0.152

* New Brunswick figures are for 2014.


  • Drag Canadian Province onto Rows.
  • Drag 2017 Population (Millions) onto Columns, Twice.
  • Right-click on the second 2017 Population (Millions) in the Columns Shelf and select Dual Axis.
  • In the Canvas:
    • Right-click on the 2017 Population (Millions) and select Synchronized Axis.
    • Double-click on the 2017 Population (Millions) header to open the Edit Axis window.
      • Select Fixed, Fixed Start and set the value to 0.
  • In the All Mark Panel:
    • Drag Canadian Province onto Color.
  • In the SUM(2017 Population (Millions)) Mark Panel:
    • Change the Mark Type to Bar.
    • Change the Size to be 75%.
  • In the SUM(2017 Population (Millions))(2) Mark Panel:
    • Change the Mark Type to Shape.
      • Click on Shape and select the Diamond, bottom left icon.
    • Change the Size of the shape to be around 37% to match the size of the bar. Adjust as necessary.

Now we need to adjust the visualisation by:

  • Editing tooltips.
  • Editing colours.
  • Remove gridlines.
  • Hide headers.
  • Add the value to the Column header.

And you should then end up with something like the following:

Note: This is just a Bar Chart with an arrow tip to give your bar charts a different look.


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  1. Hoang,

    Thank you for this quick and wonderful tutorial on building an arrow bar chart. I was just wondering if at step-2 ‘Drag 2017 Population (Millions) onto Rows, Twice’ did you mean to say Columns instead of Rows?

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