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Get Started > Tableau Concepts > Understanding Data Fields > Understanding the Data Pane > Measure Values and Measure Names
Applies to: Tableau Desktop

Measure Values and Measure Names

The Data pane always contains a number of fields that do not come from your original data, two of which are Measure Values and Measure Names.

Tableau automatically creates these fields so that you can build certain types of views that involve multiple measures.

Measure Values and Measure Names are in most respects like other fields in Tableau:

When Measure Values is in the view, Tableau creates a Measure Values card, outlined in red, below, that lists the measures in the data source with their default aggregations.

You can remove individual measures from the view by dragging them out of the Measure Values card.

Survey Your Data with Measures Names and Measure Values

You can use Measure Values and Measure Names to display the values for all measures in you data source, using their default aggregations, simultaneously. The view below was created with the Sample - Superstore data source and shows the values of all measures in the Data pane, using their default aggregations. To recreate it, open a new worksheet with Superstore, drag Measure Values to Rows, and then choose Text Table from Show Me.

Of course, this view is not well suited for any more than a quick survey of your data because you can't generate a great deal of insight by comparing numbers that aren't measuring the same thing—Profit and Sales are both in dollars, but Discount and Profit Ratio are percentages.

Measure Names and Measure Added to the View Automatically

Tableau will automatically add Measure Names and Measure Values fields to the view in response to certain actions on your part.

Blending Axes

You can show multiple measures on the same continuous axis by blending axes. For details, see Blended Axes. When you use this technique, Tableau automatically adds Measure Names and Measure Values to the view, allowing you add additional measures to the blended axis.

Using Show Me When Multiple Measures Are in the View

When there are multiple measures in the view, Tableau will automatically add Measure Names and Measure Values—or just Measure Names—when you choose certain visualization types from Show Me.

Legends Per Measure

When Measure Values and Measure Names are in the view, you can color code data for each individual measure. For details, see the Measure values and color legends section in the Legends topic.