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Change Order of View Data Columns


Published: 19 Jun 2013
Last Modified Date: 25 Sep 2017

Issue

Dragging and dropping columns in the view does not change the order in which they display in the "View Data" window for both the Summary and Full Data tabs.

Environment

Tableau Desktop

Resolution

When viewing data using the View Data feature, even though the information displayed by default cannot be changed, the columns can still be dragged and dropped; and column can be sorted from ascending to descending. 

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Note: after closing the "View Data" window, the sort and order modifications will not persist. 

Cause

In the View Data window, the columns are organized as follows:
  1. Tableau Desktop first lists Dimensions and Measures that are created within Tableau Desktop, such as Calculated Fields, Groups, and Sets, in alphabetical order. 
  2. Tableau Desktop then lists the remaining Dimensions and Measures from the data source in alphabetical order.

Additional Information

If you would like a feature that allows users to control what data is shown under View Data, please vote on the idea on our Community Forum: Control What Displays in View Data.
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