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Delete, reset, or disable a group

As a group owner, you can delete a group, reset its group type, and stop members from posting or viewing topics.

Delete a group

To permanently remove a group from Google Groups, you can delete it. A deleted group can’t be restored and can’t be found by search or in the Google Groups directory.

To delete a group:

  1. Go to the group’s homepage.
  2. At the top right, click or touch the “Settings” icon Settings.
  3. Select Group settings. A menu will appear on the left.
  4. Under “Information,” select Advanced.
  5. Click or touch the Delete this group button.
  6. In the “Delete group confirmation” box that pops up, click or touch Delete group.

Reset a group

To switch group types, you can reset a group. For instance, you can change your group from a Web forum group to an Email list group.

To reset a group:

  1. Go to the group’s homepage.
  2. At the top right, click or touch the “Settings” icon Settings.
  3. Select Group settings. A menu will appear on the left.
  4. Under “Information,” select Advanced.
  5. In the ”Select a group type” drop-down list, choose the new group type. Below you’ll see a description of the group type and how members communicate.
  6. Click or touch the Reset this group button.
  7. In the “Reset group confirmation” box that pops up, click or touch Reset group.

Disable a group

You can stop group members from posting to a group. This setting will reject new posts. Anyone with permission can still see past posts by browsing or searching unless you also change the “View topics” setting (Step 6).

To stop group members from posting:

  1. Go to the group’s homepage.
  2. At the top right, click or touch the “Settings” icon Settings.
  3. Select Group settings. A menu will appear on the left.
  4. Select Permissions, then Basic permissions.
  5. In the “Post” section, click or touch the “Select groups of users” drop-down list. Uncheck a group type. People in that group will no longer be able to post.
  6. (Optional) To stop members from seeing past group posts, in the “View topics” section, click or touch the “Select groups of users” drop-down list. Uncheck a group type. People in that group will no longer be able to see group posts.
  7. At the top of the screen, click or touch the Save button.
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