Overriding Automatic Field Renaming

Published: 21 Jul 2014
Last Modified Date: 24 Aug 2022


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


Tableau Desktop


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:


  • 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. (Replace <version> with your Tableau version)


  • Start Terminal and type the following command: 
  • open /Applications/ --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 <version>\bin\tableau.exe" -DADM=0
    • (Replace <version> with your Tableau version)
  3. Double-click the Tableau Desktop icon to start Tableau Desktop.
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