Generally, when you load the data from a data source, you get the column names that are available in 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 example.
How to Rename Column Names in Power BI
In order to rename the column names in an existing table, please click Edit Queries option under the Home tab.
Clicking Edit Queries option will open a new window called Power Query Editor. From the below screenshot you can see that the columns in this table has common name
There are 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.
This will allow you to rename the column. Let me rename it as EmpID
Now you can see the column with EmpID name
Alternatively, you can double-click on the column header.
As you can see, we renamed it as the First Name
Similarly, we renamed the remaining columns
Whatever the changes you made here will not effect until you hit Apply. Let me hit Close & Apply option under the Home tab.
Please wait until the changed are applied
Now you can see the more meaningful names