Search Terms

Using search terms is a helpful way to more easily narrow down your search results. Insert a search term in the search field and then type the rest of your query. Notes:

  • A topic is made up of the original message and reply messages.
  • Searches with “email” variables only work if you are searching within a group where you have the "view member emails" permission, or if you are searching within a domain set to "Private" under Sharing Options for Google Groups for Business.
Following is a list of search terms:

after:YYYY/MM/DD

Include only messages created after the YYYY/MM/DD date. For example, after:2011/11/02.

assignee:"email"

Include only messages in topics assigned to the person with the given email address. For example, assignee:someuser@example.com.

assignee:me

Include only messages in topics assigned to you.

assigner:"email"

Include only messages in topics assigned by the person with the given email address. For example, assigner:someuser@example.com.

assigner:me

Include only messages in topics assigned by you.

author:"email"

Include only messages created by an author with the given email address. For example, author:someuser@example.com.

author:me

Include only messages created by you.

authorname:"name"

Include only messages where the author's display name contains the given text.

before:YYYY/MM/DD

Include only messages created before the YYYY/MM/DD date. For example, before:2011/11/02.

category:keyword

Include only messages with the given category (the keyword in the category's URL, not the category's display name). For example, category:cars or category:product-discussions.

exactauthorname:"name"

Include only messages where the author's display name exactly matches the given text.

from:"email"

Same as author:"email".

group:"group-url-name"

Include only messages in groups whose unique names from their URLs exactly match the given text. For example, group:"mygroup1".

groupname:"name"

Include only messages in groups whose names contain the given text. For example, groupname:"soccer" or groupname:"google calendar".

has:attachment

Include only messages that have attachments.

is:answered

Include only messages in question-style topics that have been marked “answered” (question-style topics) or “complete” (discussion-style topics).

is:assigned

Include only messages in topics that have been assigned.

is:bestanswer

Include only messages in question-style topics that have been marked as “best answer” (question-style topics) or “complete” (discussion-style topics).

is:closed

Include only messages in closed topics.

is:complete

Include only messages in discussion-style topics that have been marked as “complete” (discussion-style topics) or “best answer” (question-style topics).

is:duplicate

Include only messages in topics that have been marked as duplicates of other topics.

is:firstpost

Include only the initial posts in topics.

is:responded

Include only messages in topics that have messages from multiple authors.

is:sticky

Include only messages in “sticky” topics (topics that always appear at the top of the topic list).

subject:"subjectname"

Include only messages where the subject contains the given text. For example, subject:"How do I turn off my Android phone?"

tag:"tagname"

Include only messages in topics with the provided tag name. For example, tag:"android-phones".

Tip: You can also reverse a particular search term by putting a '-' in front of it. For example, the search author:me -category:example will return topics authored by you that are not in the " example" category.