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ricky_mcm Frequent Visitor
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Update field names in Service

I'd really like to know if there's a smart way to update column names in the service, once they are already being used in reports/dashboards.

 

So for example, I'd like to remove an underscore from a column name and put it in proper case, without this happening to all my pre-existing reports:

 

Screenshot 2019-11-02 at 09.37.19.png

 

I find it hard to believe that there isn't some way of using DAX Studio or the Power BI API in order to automate this somehow, but I cannot find any reference for doing so. Does anyone have any guidance?

 

Thanks

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Re: Update field names in Service

Hi there

As far as I know currently the only way to fix this is to update the reports after you have made changes to the field names.

It is a bit of a hack, but I do not know of any other workaround at the moment.

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ricky_mcm Frequent Visitor
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Re: Update field names in Service

Thanks Gilbert, I suspected that might be the case.  It's pretty disappointing if so.

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Re: Update field names in Service

Yeah I guess it comes down to planning and making sure that the initial column names you use are consistent with the business requirements.

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ricky_mcm Frequent Visitor
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Re: Update field names in Service

Planning ahead is all well and good, but the reality is that these things are definitely subject to changing business requirements.

 

To name one counter-example - Tableau does not have many of Power BI's more sophisticated features, but it at least allows you to make changes to dimension/measure names, and to propogate these changes across all workbooks that use the dataset, without a problem.

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