Within Tableau – very often we use shapes to represent dimensions to allow for quick understanding, and tack on a metric for clarify. A good example may be a person to represent number of employees, with the number below.

The problem I have with this is the alignment. Technically the shape is in the center – but I would prefer the shape and text be vertically aligned as a group.

One way to fix this is to generate an axis that can allow you to manually move the objects up and down (or left and right). Create and add to the rows, and then edit the Axis.

Now we can fiddle with the start/end to offset

Lastly, make sure to hide the zero lines in the formatting menu for the sheet, and hide the axis for the sheet.

For the Tableau workbook used you can download here.

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