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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.

To see measure names and measure values in action, watch the 5-minute Measure Names and Measure Values training video. Use your tableau.com account to sign in. To view more training and introductory videos, go to Free Training Videos on the Tableau website.

In this article

How you can use Measure Names and Measure Values

The Measure Values card

About Measure Names

Create a visualization using Measures Names and Measure Values

When Measure Names and Measure Values automatically get added to the view

How Measure Names and Measure Values work with Legends Per Measure

How you can use Measure Names and Measure Values

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:

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The Measure Values card

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.

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About Measure Names

When you want to show multiple measures in a view, you can use the Measure Values and the Measure Names fields. When you add Measure Names to a view, all of the measure names appear as row or column headers in the view. The headers include each measure name. This feature becomes useful when you are working with a text table that shows multiple measures. For example, suppose you have a text table containing the aggregated profit of each product category by region.

Now suppose you want to show both the Profit and the Sales for each category and region. When you add Sales to the text table (by dragging it and dropping it in the view), the measures are combined and the Measure Values field is added to Text. The Measure Names field is automatically added to the Rows shelf.

Notice how the header names removed the aggregation label by default. You may want to include the aggregations or call it "Total Profit" and "Total Sales." To change the measure names, right-click (control-click on Mac) the Measure Names field on the Rows shelf and select Edit Aliases. Make the changes and click OK.

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Create a visualization using 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. It shows the values of all measures in the Data pane, using their default aggregations.

To create this view

Create a new worksheet using the Superstore example workbook

Drag Measure Values to Rows

Click Text Table in Show Me.

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.

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When Measure Names and Measure Values automatically get added to the view

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.

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How Measure Names and Measure Values work with 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 Measure values and color legends.

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