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Error "DataValue::MakeSpecial: bad argument" when Opening Workbook


Published: 18 Apr 2016
Last Modified Date: 17 Aug 2017

Issue

When you try to open a workbook, the following error message might occur:
 
DataValue::MakeSpecial: bad argument

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop
  • Unpackaged workbook

Resolution

Follow these steps:
  1. Open the workbook and click OK to bypass the error messages.
  2. Select the "Data Source"  tab on the bottom left of the Tableau Desktop window
  3. Connect to the Excel file.
  4. Save the workbook under a new name.

Cause

The datasource was renamed. 
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