[UA] Edit view settings

Update view name, time zone, Site Search parameters, and other settings.

After you create a view, you can edit its settings. Note that there are more view settings for web properties than there are for app properties. If you’re editing a view within an app property, many of the options listed below don’t appear.


You need the Editor role to edit view settings. To edit view settings:

  1. Sign in to Google Analytics.
  2. Click Admin, and navigate to the view in which you want to change settings.
  3. In the VIEW column, click View Settings.
  4. General Information:
    • View Name: The name that appears in the list of views.
    • Website's URL: The domain name of website you're tracking, e.g. www.mysite.com. This information is used by the Content reports, including In-Page Analytics.
    • Time zone country or territory: The country or territory and the time zone you want to use as the day boundary for your reports, regardless of where the data originates. For example, if you choose United States, Los Angeles Time, then the beginning and end of each day is calculated based on Los Angeles Time, even if the hit comes from New York, London, or Moscow.

      If you choose a time zone that honors Daylight Savings Time, Analytics automatically adjusts for the changes. If you do not want Analytics to adjust for Daylight Savings time, then you can use Greenwich Mean Time instead of your local time zone.

      Changing the time zone only affects data going forward, and is not applied retroactively. If you change the time zone for an existing view, you may see a flat spot or a spike in your data. This may be caused by the time shift forwards or backwards, respectively. Report data may refer to the old time zone for a short period after you update your settings, until our servers have processed the change.
      If you change the timezone for a view 2 or more times during the same day, then Analytics may not honor the most recent change in order to avoid processing that day's data for two different time zones. The change will be honored the following day.
    • Default page: The web page that loads when a user enters the domain of your site into the address bar. For example, if entering www.example.com loads www.example.com/index.html, then enter index.html in this text box. The page name varies depending on your web server configuration, but the common names are index.html and default.html.

      It's important to correctly identify this page. If you do not know the name of this page, leave the field blank. This option affects how page information appears in your reports.
    • Exclude URL Query Parameters: Any query parameters or unique session IDs (e.g., sessionid or vid) that appear in your URLs that you do not want to see in your reports. Enter as a comma-separated list.

      This setting is case sensitive. There is a 2048-character limit.

      Additionally, the parameters you identify here are excluded before filters are applied, so be sure you identify them here as they appear in the original, unfiltered URIs. It has become a common mistake to apply filters, and then return to these settings to identify query parameters as they appear in your filtered reports, thus ignoring the case-sensitive requirement of this setting.

      For example, if the original URI is /Section1?ParameterA=something and you use a filter to change it to /section1?parametera=something for your reports, then when you identify the query parameter here, you need to identify it as ParameterA
    • Currency displayed as: (USD, JPY, EUR, etc.)
    • Bot Filtering: Select this option to exclude sessions from known bots and spiders.
  5. Site Search: Read Set up Site Search.
  6. Click Save to save the changes.

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