Manage your groups

Search, filter, and tag group content


This article is for G Suite administrators. To manage your own groups, visit the Google Groups help.
This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business." "

In Google Groups, you can search for groups and content, or filter topics in a group by date.

Search for groups and messages

Using new Groups
  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. To search for groups:
    1. In the left panel, choose My groups, Recent groups, or Starred groups.
    2. To find groups you own, groups inside or outside your organization, or groups you recently joined, click in the search field, then select an option.

    3. To specify additional search criteria, click Advanced search, then enter your search criteria in the search field.
    4. Click Search

  3. To search for messages:
    1. In the search bar's left drop-down menu, select All groups and messages.
    2. In the search field, enter your search criteria, then press Return or Enter.
  4. To quickly revise your search, click an option below the search results. 

Using classic Groups
  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. In the search bar above the Groups list, enter your search criteria.
  4. Choose whether to search for topics or groups.
  5. Click Search.
  6. To save your search, click the star next to the search results. The search is added to Recent searches in the left panel.

Filter messages in classic Groups

Filter topics in classic Groups

This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business and using classic Groups.

You can filter topics in a group by date, resolution status, assignee, and other options.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. On the left panel, click Home.
  3. In the search bar on the Home page, click the arrow at the right to display advanced search options.
  4. Select your filtering options, then click Search.

Turn on tags or categories in classic Groups 

Turn on tags or categories in classic Groups

If you’re a group owner or manager, you can turn on tags or categories to organize a group’s posts. You can organize conversations by labeling them with tags and update a topic's tags at any time. You can then search and filter topics by those tags.

  • Tags: Turn on tags to label posts with keywords to make posts easier to find.
    • Tags can be up to 20 characters long.
    • Each topic can have up to 14 tags.
  • Categories: Turn on categories to organize the first page in a group into a list of categories. Posts are sorted into those categories.

You can only turn on tags or categories, but not both at the same time. 

Note: This feature is available only in classic Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. If you're using new Groups, temporarily go back to classic Groups:
    1. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
    2. Click Return to classic Google Groups.
  3. Click My groups.
  4. Click the name of a group.
  5. In the left panel, click Group settings.
  6. On the left, click Settings.
  7. Choose Tags or Categories.
    • To switch from Tags to Categories, click Enable categories.
    • To switch from Categories to Tags, click Enable tags.
  8. Enter keywords to use for the tags or categories that will organize posts in your group.
  9. Click Save changes.
  10. Return to new Groups:
    1. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
    2. At the top left, click Visit new Groups.
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