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So the pin is a nice visual cue to let you know that the axis is fixed -- but you might not want the end-user to see it. There's no built-in option for removing it, but...
Here's a possible workaround:
1. Edit the Axis and clear the Title text box. At this point the pin won't show.
2. Use a parameter to hard-code a label and put that on Rows or Columns. Hide the field labels and rotate the header label if needed.
Another option in some use cases that is more useful if you have multiple items on the axis - for example you are charting sales and profits and quantity on a single chart:
Tableau will automatically hide the "pin icon" if your axis label is too long. So you can add a bunch of blank spaces to the front of your axis label and make the pin disappear. This will of course push your labels over to the left or up.
Following Joshua's suggestion: To solve the issue with labels getting 'pushed up', just put a bunch of spaces after the label and add a character at the end. Tune the number of spaces before and after the label to get it centered to your liking.
" Axis Label x"
Tanner the extra character results in a " . . " symbol which can also be a little annoying.
Bumping this because we are at version 10.1 and still have not seen a solution.
I think I will bring it to the ideas section too.
Yup, that totally worked. Thank you!