Create & respond to posts

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You can start or join conversations in Google Groups by posting a new topic or responding to posts in your groups.

Start a new conversation or topic

Start a group discussion about a topic you’re interested in.

Using new Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. At the top, click New conversation.
  4. Enter your message.
  5. Click Post message.

Using classic Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. At the top, click New topic.
  5. Enter your message.
  6. Click Post.

To get all updates on a post, including your responses, check Email updates to me. You'll only see this option under the topic options if you're not a member of the group or you don't receive group posts in email.

Read and respond to posts

You can read and respond to posts using Google Groups or email, depending on how the group is set up.

Respond via Google Groups

Using new Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. Click the message you want to read.
  4. You can reply to the group or individually:

    • To reply to the group, below the message text, click Reply all. Compose your replyand thenclick Post Message.
    • To reply only to the person who posted, below the message text, click Reply to author.  Your browser opens your configured email client to the message compose screen. Compose your replyand thenclick Send. This option is only available if:
      • You’re using a Google Account.
      • You have browser configured to open mailto links.
      • You have the Who can view member email addresses permission.
    • To forward a message, below the message text, click Forward. Enter some message textand thenclick Send.

Using classic Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. Click the topic you want to read.
  5. You can reply to the group or individually:

    • To reply to the group, next to the date of the post, click Post reply Reply all . Your reply will be the last post in the thread.
    • To reply only to the person who posted, at the top right of the post, click the Down arrow Down arrow . Click Reply privately to author. This option is only available if you’re using a Google Account.
    • To forward a message, at the top right of the post, click the Down arrow Down arrow. Click Forward.
  6. Click Post, Reply, or Forward.

Respond via email

  1. Click the post in your email inbox. You can select any email in the topic thread to reply to.
  2. To respond only to the person who posted, select Reply. To respond to the whole group, select Reply all.

Choose who will receive your posts

If you're a group owner or manager, you can decide whether members can reply via email to the entire group or only to certain members of the group. You can also choose to have every message sent to a specified email address. 

Using new Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. On the left, go to Group settingsand thenEmail options.

  4. At the top right, next to Advanced, click Turn on "".
  5. Under Post replies to, click the displayed option and choose the option you want..
  6. Click Save changes.

Using classic Groups

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. On the right, click Manage group.
  5. On the left, click Settingsand thenEmail options.
  6. Next to Post replies, click the displayed option and choose the option you want.
  7. Click Save.

Post a discussion, announcement, or question in classic Groups

This feature is only available in classic Groups, and it’s planned for deprecation with the switch to new Groups.

Depending on the settings of your group, you can select different types of posts.

  • Discussion Discussion: A general thread. A discussion is the default post type for most groups.
  • Announcement Announcement: A topic containing important information from the administrators for all members.
  • Question Question: A discussion that can have a workflow or be assigned to specific members. This post type is available in Q&A or web forum group types.

Delete a post

If you posted something, you can remove it. If you have permission to moderate content, you can remove any post.

Using new Groups

  1. Open the post you want to delete.
  2. At the top right of the message, click More""and thenDelete.
  3. In the confirmation box, click OK.

Note: If a post is inappropriate, you can delete it and report it as abuse.

Using classic Groups

  1. Open the post you want to delete.
  2. At the top right of the message, click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Select Delete post.
  4. In the confirmation box, click OK.

Note: If a post is inappropriate, you can delete it and report it as abuse.

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