Table to Excel: Use field alias as column header - failing.

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07-21-2014 05:54 AM
by Anonymous User
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When exporting a table to excel have "Use field alias as column header" ticked on. The layer still exports with the field name rather than the alias. This occurs for different layers and also for other folks in my company. We are using ArcGIS 10.2.1.

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DanPatterson_Retired
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Are the data local? on a server? You indicate "for different layers", does it mean randomly, or for all cases?

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by Anonymous User
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Hi Dan,

Thanks ever so much for your reply. The different layer files tried included one from shapefiles sitting locally and others loaded to SDE. They all fail to export with their alias names.

Many Thanks

Tim

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SimonKettle
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I just tested this on my machine too and the tool seems to ignore whether "Use field alias as column header" is ticked on or off. This was tested with SDE and local data in ArcMap 10.2.1...have you reported a bug to ESRI?

by Anonymous User
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Thanks Simon, nice to know the problem was not peculiar just to me! I have not reported the bug to ESRI - hoping perhaps they would pick it up from this forum? However perhap if you can advise on how I could report this officially to ESRI that would be great.

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SimonKettle
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The details for reporting a bug are here:

Bugs Online Is Here! | Support Services Blog‌ if your company subscribes to support then you can always get in touch with them as well.

by Anonymous User
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Ok, just got off the phone with a most helpful chap at ESRI UK (I logged the call with them). The issue is that the Table to Excel tool just exports aliases from tables not layer files. This means that it will only work if the alias is defined in a geodatabase or SDE table. (The SDE table I was trying above to export did not have an alias defined only in its relative Layer file NOT in the original table).

So thank you ESRI UK for the help there. It would be great though for future updates to have a Layer to Excel tool.

JamalNUMAN
Esteemed Contributor

Thanks Guys

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Jamal Numan
Geomolg Geoportal for Spatial Information
Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine