Tableau - Table Calculations

These are the calculations which are applied to the values in the entire table. For example, for calculating a running total or running average, we need to apply a single method of calculation to an entire column. Such calculations cannot be performed on some selected rows.

Table has a feature called Quick Table Calculation, which is used to create such calculations. The steps to be applied in Quick Table calculation are as follows −

Step 1 − Select the measure on which the table calculation has to be applied and drag it to column shelf.

Step 2 − Right-click the measure and choose the option Quick Table Calculation.

Step 3 − Choose one of the following options to be applied on the measure.

  • Running Total
  • Difference
  • Percent Difference
  • Percent of Total
  • Rank
  • Percentile
  • Moving Average
  • Year to Date (YTD) Total
  • Compound Growth Rate
  • Year over Year Growth
  • Year to Date (YTD) Growth


Let’s calculate the running total of the profits earned for the data source following the above steps. Use the data source named sample – superstore.xls.