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Overriding Automatic Field Renaming


Published: 21 Jul 2014
Last Modified Date: 10 Sep 2017

Question

How to override automatic field renaming when connecting to data sources from Tableau Desktop.

Environment

Tableau Desktop

Answer

When opening Tableau Desktop, add a flag to override field renaming.

Option 1 (Mac and Windows): Use the command prompt 

On the computer running Tableau Desktop, open the Command Prompt window as an administrator and run the following commands:

Windows:

  • cd "C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau <version>\bin"
  • tableau.exe -DADM=0
Note: If Tableau Desktop is not installed on drive C, replace C: in the file path above with the correct drive letter.

Mac: 

  • Start Terminal and type the following command: 
  • open /Applications/Tableau.app/ --args -DADM=0

Option 2 (Windows only): Change the shortcut target

  1. On the computer running Tableau Desktop, right-click the Tableau Desktop icon, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Shortcut tab, in Target, append -DADM=0 to the existing statement, and then click OK.
    • "C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau 8.2\bin\tableau.exe" -DADM=0
  3. Double-click the Tableau Desktop icon to start Tableau Desktop.

Additional Information

Note: In Tableau Desktop 9.0.0 and 9.0.1 on both Windows and Mac, use the command -DOverride=ADM:off instead of -DADM=0
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