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How to Embed Tableau Views in PowerPoint

Tableau is a leading solution for business analytics visualizations. If your organization has invested in creating BI dashboards in Tableau, you probably want to use them in reports. However, many clients and executives prefer to receive static reports, such as in Google Slides or PowerPoint, as opposed to viewing a dashboard. Luckily, you can integrate your Tableau dashboard with PowerPoint using Slideform.
Slideform puts your reports on auto-pilot

Why use slide decks for reporting?

Some may wonder why we are still using PowerPoint for client-facing reports. Well, one reason is that Tableau Viewer licenses are expensive! But there are other good reasons to send your clients a slide deck report.
  1. A PowerPoint or Google Slides deck can be customized to each client or exec so they see only the data that is most relevant to them.
  2. A slide deck does not change over time, so they can always refer back to it.
  3. Presentation format is easy to step through together during a meeting.
  4. You can add comments and recommendations that are relevant to the specific data in the slides.
  5. The slide deck can be styled according to the client's branding guidelines or your corporate style guide.
  6. You can email the presentation directly to the recipients.

So, how can you insert Tableau charts into PowerPoint?

 There are few solutions available to insert Tableau to PowerPoint.
  1. The best way to export Tableau charts and visuals directly to your customized PowerPoint report is with Slideform. Slideform uses AI-powered automation to map your Tableau views and metrics to shapes and text boxes on a PowerPoint slide template, allowing you to make a new presentation, with updated and accurate data, in just a single click. Learn more at
  2. Tableau does have the option to export to a PowerPoint file. However, the worksheet is exported in a non-editable format and on a blank PowerPoint template. This is useful as an archive or snapshot of your dashboard, but I wouldn't send this raw dashboard dump to a client.
  3. The option that I used to use is to manually copy and paste from Tableau to PowerPoint. This puts a static image of the visual into your presentation. The limitation is that you have to copy over every single data element and chart, and if the data changes you will have to copy them over again.

How to automatically export Tableau visuals to PowerPoint

  1. Connect your Tableau workbook to Slideform

    First, create a personal access token in Tableau, then, in Slideform, add the Tableau data source and provide the requested credentials. For more details on setup, see How to Connect A Data Source.

    Slideform captures each visual in the worksheet, including charts, tables, maps, and metrics, and makes it available to embed into your PowerPoint template. Slideform also extracts all of the data behind the worksheet. You can use this to fill in text boxes in the presentation and to construct editable tables in your slides.
  2. Connect a slide deck template

    Next, you need a template for your presentation. With Slideform, you can use your own custom-branded PowerPoint slides. Just start with a previous version of your report and insert placeholders (enclosed in curly braces) for any elements that will change between versions of the report, like text, numbers, tables, images, charts, logos, and names. All the colors, styling, fonts, and sizing of the elements in the template will be carried through to the slide deck output.

    Here is an example slide template with placeholders for tables, text, and charts that will come from Tableau.

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    Once you have saved a template, upload the .pptx file to Slideform as a New Project. Give your project a name and associate the Tableau data source. 
  3. Match Tableau views and metrics to the placeholders

    Now, we need to match each placeholder in the slide template to the correct chart or other content that will fill it. Open the project for editing by clicking Configure Data on the project card. Select the data source, then choose the chart or table, and set the anchor position. You can filter the data with any filters that are included in your dashboard, such as date range, category, or region.

    To pull in a number, such as a KPI or metric, it is a similar process. We pull in the data behind each visual and you can filter and perform simple functions to select the data you want to use. 

  4. Generate the PowerPoint presentation
    Click Generate on the project card to make a new, up-to-date presentation. You can also Set a Schedule for Recurring Presentations to auto-generate and email the slides to you. Awesome, right!


Advantages of Slideform automation:

  • No screenshots! And no copying & pasting.
  • Set recurring presentations to auto-generate on a schedule!
  • Slides are viewable by all recipients; no Tableau license required.
  • Data (charts, graphs, numbers) automatically update when you generate a presentation.
  • Combine Tableau with other data sources and content including spreadsheets, images, and text.
  • Use your own custom slide template in the format of your choice.


Can I embed Tableau visuals into Google Slides?

Yes! Slideform fully supports Google Slides format. Slideform automation is the best choice to connect Tableau to Google Slides.


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