Tableau Save as Previous Version feature
February 20, 2017
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Save for previous versionTableau Software is an R&D heavy company, they’re just continuously throwing new features and releasing new versions. But what if some of our colleagues or clients are still not upgraded to the latest Tableau Desktop version? How can we share our superb new workbook? XML Hacking? Jeff’s converter tool?

Forget all. Tableau Desktop can do it out of the box.

Tableau Save as Previous Version

The “Save as version…” option is included in the DebugMenu, you just need to enable this hidden gem when you’re starting Tableau.

Save for previous version

Enable DebugMenu in OSX

The steps are easy:

  1. open a console (well, I hope it is always open).
  2. type open -a Tableau --args -DDebugMenu  and hit enter
  3. a wild DEBUG menu item fill appear

You can also add this paremeter to your Dock item. See for details.

Enable DebugMenu is Windows

Just start Tableau.exe with -DDebugMenu  command line option. You can also add it as an option to the desktop shortcut to enable debug menu all the time:

Enable DebugMenu on Windows

Enable DebugMenu on Windows

Debug menu does not have any negative effect, you can keep it enabled all the time.

Does it work? Does not? Let me know so I can help you.


Tamás Földi

Tamás Földi

Director of IT Development at Starschema
Decades of experience with data processing and state of the art programming. From nuclear bomb explosion simulation to distributed file systems. ethical hacking, real time stream processing practically I always had a great fun with those geeky ones and zeros.
Tamás Földi
  • Sean

    hi – thanks so much for this excellent tip. I’m trying to “downgrade” a 10.1 file to version 10.0. Unfortunately, the “Save as Version” looks exactly as your screenshot does — starting with v 9.3, and then heading older from there. any tips for getting to 10.0? I might experiment with saving as 9.3 and then reopening with 10.0 when I get the chance.

    • Ah ok, 10.0. You can do it with simple vizql command. Try open script window and find “save workbook” command. Add file name and target version, and press ok. I will complete my blogpost with that one as well.

      • Sean

        Thanks for this Tamas – I’d love to see an example written up in your blogpost, as I found the “save-workbook” command but I can’t get the command to run successfully. May be an issue with my filename structure – do you know the convention for that input? thanks again!!

  • Jerry Lobo

    This works!!!!! Awesome trick!! I am always cautious when i used to hack the XML but this seems so flexible

  • Madhura Dighe

    I’m trying to downgrade from 10.1.4 to 9.0. Tried every possible way its not working. Any suggestions?

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