Tableau Tip: Getting Rid of the “Abc” from the Measure Value Display

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Chuck Hooper, former head of Tableau's consulting organization and Senturus lead Tableau trainer, shares a quick and easy solve for how to get rid of the “Abc” when you don’t want to display a measure.


You want a dashboard where one of the views is a descriptive list, with no measure showing. Tableau, by default, shows “Abc” where a measure value would show.

  • Create a calculated field – call it “Blank’ for example. 
  • The value of the formula is ‘ ‘ (that is a quote, space, quote).
  • Place the calculated field on the “Text” button in the Marks card.

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Chuck Hooper's career includes over five decades of business and IT experience. He started Tableau's Professional Services consulting organization and was a Tableau Zen Master from 2012-2014. He conducts training sessions on the use of Tableau Software products, and does speaking engagements on visual analytics, data warehouse design, and other business intelligence topics at both the technical and the executive levels.