Hidden Columns Cannot be Edited in Published Workbook and are Not Present When Workbook is Downloaded

Published: 12 Jan 2016
Last Modified Date: 01 Aug 2016


When viewing a published workbook, hidden columns cannot be edited or removed. When in web edit mode the hidden columns are visible, but cannot be edited or removed. When the workbook is opened in Tableau Desktop the columns are not visible and not appear when selecting to show hidden fields.



Tableau Server 9.1.7, 9.2.6 and earlier


Option 1

Upgrade to Tableau Server 9.1.9, 9.2.7 or later version. For more information, see Upgrading Tableau Server.

Option 2

As a workaround:
  1. In Tableau Desktop open the workbook and right-click on the Data pane.
  2. Clear the selected Show hidden fields option at the bottom of the list.
  3. Publish workbook to Tableau Server.

Now in web edit the orphaned tables should be gone from the view. 


This behavior is related to a known issue that has been corrected in more recent releases.
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