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Cannot Generate Thumbnail As User when Publishing Workbook Using Published Data Source


Published: 27 Mar 2019
Last Modified Date: 13 Aug 2020

Issue

When publishing a workbook that connects to a published data source that contains a user filter, you cannot select a user to generate thumbnails as. Instead, the thumbnail "User Specific View" displays. 

Environment

  • Tableau Server 
  • Tableau Online 
  • Tableau Desktop

Resolution

Embed the data source in the workbook. 

Cause

After a data source is published, calculated fields containing user functions such as USERNAME() are converted into non-calculated fields. This is to prevent users from editing user filters. As a result, Tableau Desktop can no longer generate the thumbnail as a different user.
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