I have the same question. Is there any way to order the column beforehand so that export to excel shows the order of the columns they way I want. Also I find no way to hide a few selected columns(some flags columns, etc.) which are application design specific and those being in the output cause questions to the end users.
Hi SJ -
There is no real way to specify column ordering for export. If this is important to you, I'd search the "ideas" group to see if anyone else has requested this as a feature:
If you find a feature request, then "vote it up" - if not, you can add one yourself
From my own experience, you should be able to keep the columns in the same order if you "export to crosstab" from your dashboard on Tableau Server. Hope this helps.