Good morning, Susan -
No, there isn't. That being said, the definition of a Tableau report is nothing more than an XML document. So, if you're handy with scripting code, you probably do something like this:
- Open the XML document
- "Look up" each alias value and match it with a field name in the document
- Add the alias
- Save the document
Editing the XML directly or via code isn't supported, but lots of folks do it - just make sure to have a backup in case you slip!
FYI, you're the first person I've ever seen wanting this functionality, so it might make sense to post your thoughts on the "Ideas" board - it drives much of our decision making process on new features, etc.
Thanks for the suggestion but I'm NOT a coder so I guess I'm out of luck. I'll add it to the Ideas board. :-)
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Actually, Robert Morton just sent me this, so there IS a way to do it -- isn't that AWESOME?!?
You can actually do this quite easily in Tableau already. If you have your aliases defined in a spreadsheet, CSV file or some other data source that Tableau can read then you can use the Tableau Data Blending feature and import all of your aliases in one shot.
The process is similar to the one described in the following Knowledge Base article, except you will choose the menu item "Edit Primary Aliases..." instead of "Create Primary Group...": http://kb.tableausoftware.com/articles/knowledgebase/how-create-primary-groups-secondary-source
I hope this helps,
I never even considered this! Great idea!