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2280314 - Renaming Column Headers while using Live Data as the data source in Online Report Designer (ORD) / Canvas reports


While Advanced Reporting data source has an explicit option to rename column headers, Live Data doesn't.
This article explains a work around that allows the renaming functionality, with the help of Calculated columns.

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  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite
    • Online Report Designer


  1. From the Menu select Edit then Calculated Columns.
  2. Create a new Calculated column with the desired name (e.g Employee Status) and Add the field you would like the data from. For this example, Status.
    • Calculated Column designer.jpg
  3. Save and display the Calculated Column.
    • enabled column.jpg
  4. Make sure the New column reflects the desired result by comparing it with the existing field. 
    • Renamed + original Column header.jpg
  5. You can then Hide the original column and just display the one with the 'New' Header's name.
    • Renamed Column header.jpg


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