I was able to reproduce your experience on our Tableau Server v10.1. When renaming the field, the existing workbook did not show the new field name. However I created a new workbook and connected it to the server data source, the new workbook showed the new field name.
This may be intended functionality to prevent views from "breaking" when a data source field is renamed, which is what happens when a field in an underlying SQL Server table or view changes.
Thanks Bill for the reply back. I guess that does make more sense now. My only issue was that we wanted to rename a field, like "Fbi" to "FBI" and have it trickle out to all the workbooks
I did find a workaround to do it, but thought by doing it in the data source it would have saved me time
Appreciate the feedback though!
Hi Andy - We're currently facing this same issue. What was your workaround?
It wasn't the most elegant solution, but what I did was the following:
- Connect to my data source
- Select all the fields in that data source (see screenshot below)
- Once all fields were selected
- Right click on one of the fields to bring the menu up and select "Reset name"
Once I did that, the new column name appeared.
So if my original column name was "Fbi" to renamed it to "FBI"