Generally, when you load the data from a data source, you get the column names that are available in a data source. While you are designing the report, you might need names that are more meaningful. In these situations, you can use Power BI rename column option. In this article will show you, How to Rename Column Names in Power BI Desktop with an example.

How to Rename Column Names in Power BI

To demonstrate this rename columns option, we are going to use the Text Employee table that we imported in Enter Data, and altered in split column article.

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There are a couple of ways to rename column names in power bi table

In order to rename the columns in a table, right-click on the column that you want to rename will open the context menu. Please select the Rename option.

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This will allow you to rename the column. Let me rename it as EmpID

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Now you can see the column with EmpID name

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Alternatively, you can double-click on the column header.

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As you can see, we renamed it as the First Name

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Similarly, we renamed the remaining columns

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Whatever the changes you made here will not effect until you hit Apply. Let me hit Close & Apply option under the Home tab.

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Please wait until the changed are applied

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Now you can see the more meaningful names

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