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Hiding Fields

By default, all fields in a data source are visible and available for use in custom metrics, derived fields, and in your dashboard charts. However, there may be source fields in the data that you prefer to hide. You can also hide derived fields.

Hidden source and derived fields are not available for use in custom metrics or dashboard charts, but they can be used in derived fields.

When to Hide Fields

Source and derived fields cannot be hidden if they are already used in any of the following:

  • a custom metric
  • a dashboard chart
  • the default chart settings for a data source configuration.

Consequently, the best time to hide a field is when you set up a data source configuration or define a derived field for the first time, and before they can be used.

After you save a data source configuration, its default chart settings for each chart selected on the Charts tab are stored. All available (non-hidden) fields are automatically included in these default chart settings.

If you try to hide a field that is already used in a custom metric, chart, or default chart settings, error messages will display. You will have to remove the field first from all the places in which it is used before you can hide it.

How to Hide a Field

Source fields and derived fields are hidden on the Fields tab of a data source configuration.

To hide a field:

  1. Make sure you are logged on as an administrator or a user with the correct group privileges to manage the data source configuration.

  2. Access the Data Sources page, select the data source configuration, and then select the Fields tab. See Data Sources Page.

  3. To hide a source field, clear the corresponding Visible checkbox in the Field table at the top of the Fields tab. If the Visible checkbox is checked, a field is visible to users. If it is cleared (not checked), it is hidden.

  4. To hide a derived field, clear the corresponding Visible checkbox in the Derived Field table in the middle of the Fields tab. If the Visible checkbox is checked, a field is visible to users. If it is cleared (not checked), it is hidden.

  5. Save the data source configuration.

    If a field cannot be hidden because it is used in a custom metric, dashboard chart, or in the data source configuration's default chart settings, error messages will display.


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