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Enable Automatic Field Renaming Even New Fields Are Added To Underlying Data


Published: 22 Jan 2021
Last Modified Date: 27 Jan 2021

Question

When adding new fields to underlying data and refreshing the existing data connection in Tableau Desktop, Tableau cannot automatically detect and rename those fields.

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop

Answer

Option 1 

Add all required fields/columns to the underlying database before connected to Tableau Desktop

Option 2

1. Create a new connection to that same data source after new fields/columns are added and see if all the field names are properly converted.
2. Replace the older data source with the new one.

Additional Information

The feature to enable automatic field renaming even new fields are added to underlying data is not currently built into the product.
It is documented that the newly added fields will retain their original database names, which is by default.
Understand Field Type Detection and Naming Improvements
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