Google Groups Basics


Google Groups make it easy to manage lists of people to email. Previously handled by IT maintained distribution lists, managers of a group can update group memberships, share documents to a group, and even invite an entire group to a calendar event. Managers can also determine who can send to the group and allow others to co-manage the group membership. Find out more about Google Groups and their possibilities on the G Suite Learning Center.

Automatically generated lists like class lists or faculty/staff lists are also managed through Google Groups, but do not have a designated manager. Group membership is automatically determined and updated based on class or employment status.

Self-Managed Google Group

This is a group of email addresses and has an internal forum, but no inbox. Individuals who wish to create a self-managed Google Group for use as a distribution list must submit a Self-Managed Google Group Request Form and assign a group owner to the group. The group owner is responsible for adding and removing members from the group or adding managers to assist in tracking group membership. Posting access to these groups is limited to group members or specified users, depending on the group's needs. Log in to manage your groups:


Email a Group

In the "To" field of an email message, instead of adding each team member's email address to your email, just enter the group's address as a recipient.

Invite a Group

Inviting an entire group means that people will automatically be added or removed from a meeting based on their group membership.On your Calendar event details page, in the Guests box, enter the group's address. The group's individual members then appear under the Guests box.

Collaborate with a Group

To share a Google file with a group—like an online document, spreadsheet, or presentation—open the file and click Share. Then, enter the group's email address.
People you add to the group later can also access the document. Similarly, if you remove a member from a group, that person no longer has access to any content you shared with the group.

Update Group Admin

If one manager is sick or on vacation, other managers can continue running the group smoothly. Or, if you have a very active group, divide membership responsibilities between different managers. You can do this by changing a member status to manager or co-owner.

  1. In your group, click "Manage" near the top right.
  2. Select the people you want to make managers.
  3. Select Actions > Add to role > Manager or Owner.

You can also remove yourself as owner of a group, but you have to make someone else an owner before you can remove yourself as owner.

  1. In your group, click Manage.
  2. Check the box next to your name and click Actions > Remove from role > Owner.

Invite New Members

  1. Near the top right, click Manage.
  2. On the left, click Members and then Invite members.
  3. Enter the email addresses of people to invite.
  4. Optional: Enter text in the "Write an invitation message" field.
  5. Click Send invites.

To change pending invitations, click Members and then Join requests. Click Resend invitation or Revoke invitation.

Add Members

  1. Near the top right, click Manage.
  2. On the left, click Members and then Direct add members.
  3. Enter the email addresses of the people to add.
  4. Enter a welcome message.
  5. Set how members will get email from the group.
  6. Click Add.

Accept Requests

  1. Near the top right, click Manage.
  2. On the left, click Members and then Join requests.
  3. Check the box next to the person who wishes to join your group. Click Approve applicant or Reject applicant.

View Membership

Near the top right, click Manage. To see a list of current members, on the left, click Members and then All members. To see a list of all banned members, click Members and then Banned.

To search by role, whether members are banned, and other features, use the search bar on the "Group Members" page. You need the "View members permission" to search by role.

Automatically Generated Class Google Group

Automatically generated lists are populated via our enterprise information system based on demographic information such as school affiliation, registration status, and/or class standing. Class distribution lists are also automatically generated based on enrollment in a course. The lists allow instructors and students of a particular course to communicate to the entire class quickly via email.

Each class is given a unique list name based on the class name. The format is similar to CLASS555.01-TermnumberSemesterYear. If CLASS 555 section 01 was held in Spring 2013, then the name would be CLASS555.01-2Spring2013. The lists are created and updated automatically each day.

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