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Tableau: Create a Header For a Calculated Column

Written By Craig Wall

Get that Pesky Column Name Back

Something I learned today while using Tableau Public that I wanted to jot down for later. 

The Problem: 

  • You have a table with a calculated column
  • You add that calculated column to your sheet, but there is no header for that column shown — so you can’t sort by that calculated value. 

In this example (using data from Football Manager 2021), I have a calculated column for a set of player attributes. But the column heading for that calculation doesn’t show up.

Solution: On the list of fields on the left sidebar, drag the “Measure Values” bullet over the calculated column. That causes the “Measure Values” bullet to show in Columns, and for the column heading to show up:


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