4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 6, 2017 2:59 PM by Jamieson Christian

    Restictions on Editing Aliases

    J Workman

      Are there restrictions on what types of column headers or field names can be edited? Some fields in my Dashboard, I have no issues creating an Alias for, but others I am not given the option when right-clicking. Any ideas? See attached. I can edit the field Average Alerts Per User, as well as the field in the table below it titled "Total Alerts", but there is no option to change "Month, Date, Year of Date" to just "Date"

        • 1. Re: Restictions on Editing Aliases
          Brian Connelly

          It's hard to tell from the images, could you upload a workbook?

          Without seeing more, one option you could do if it is the dashboard is on the worksheet, hide the header and float a text field (with tweaking) over it.

          • 2. Re: Restictions on Editing Aliases
            Brian Connelly

            Another option is that you could duplicate the field that you are using that supplies the header title and rename it to "Date".  Then use the duplicated field in the worksheet.

            Sample - Alias Change with Duplicated Field.PNG

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            • 3. Re: Restictions on Editing Aliases
              Sarah Ebreo

              Hi J,


              Aliases currently cannot be defined for continuous dimensions and date fields. See Aliases in the Product Help. You can vote on the idea to add this as a feature here: https://community.tableau.com/ideas/2295 


              As a workaround, try changing the date to Exact Date & Discrete. Then format the date as needed.



              • 4. Re: Restictions on Editing Aliases
                Jamieson Christian



                If you are using a Tableau Server data source, you cannot change the aliases for the fields defined in the data source. The aliases are considered part of the intrinsic configuration for the field. You can only change aliases on calculated fields that you create in your workbook (i.e. that did not come from the data source itself).


                If the data source is not one that you published, your only option is to create a duplicate of the field. You can edit the aliases on the duplicate without restriction.


                If the data source is one that you published, you can always republish the data source with your aliases configured. Then, any workbook using the published data source will use the aliases that you published.


                If your data source is not Tableau Server… then none of the above applies and I apologize.