Create & respond to posts

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

Start a new topic

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

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My Groups.
  3. Choose 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

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My Groups.
  3. Choose 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.

More posting options:

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. 

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My Groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group.
  5. On the left, click Settings and then Email options.
  6. To make changes, next to "Post replies," use the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  7. Click Save.
Post a discussion, announcement, or question

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.
Attach files or photos
  • To attach a file to your post, click Attach a file. On the "Select a file" box that appears, click Select files from your computer, find your file, and click Open or Choose.
  • To include a photo, on the formatting bar, click Insert image Insert image.

Delete a post

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

  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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