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Getting Started with ASU Google Groups

Any ASU Staff or Faculty can easily create Google Groups! For more information on Google Groups, including more how-tos and videos check out Google's How-To Pages:

To get started, go to

Log in with your full email address, including


If you are already logged in and on another Google App (such as Google Calendar), you can also get to Google Groups by Clicking the Apps button by your name in the upper right corner of your screen.


Navigating Groups

Click on My Groups to see groups you have already joined.

Once in the group, you can see other items people have posted to the group. You can also create a new topic by clicking the "New Topic" button near the top of the screen. Any topic you create will be public to any member of the group. Keep in mind, to allow members to post to the group the group owner must set up the appropriate permissions. To see how to control who can see, post, or join your groups, see Google's How-to:


Creating a Group

You can create a group by selecting the "Create Group" button located on the top of the Home Groups screen. 700px

Make sure to give your group a name and email address that will make sense to other staff and faculty searching for the Group. You may want to make the group email address a shortened version of the group name.

When you share a calendar event, Google Doc, or email the group you will use the Group email address. For emailing from your personal email account to the group, email the


When creating the group you can decide if it will be set up as an email list, web forum, Q&A forum, or Collaborative Inbox. For more information on group types, how they function, and which one to choose, see Google's Help Link here:


Make sure you set the appropriate permissions for the group! You can decide if only certain individuals can see the group or if its public.

Select groups of users - only those users you specific select All organization members - Anyone with an address. This will not include students, only staff and faculty accounts.


Joining a Group

To see what groups you have already joined, click "My Groups." If you would like to browse to see what ASU Google Groups have already been created, click the "Browse All" button.

If you have a specific group you are looking for, you can search for it using the search box at the top of the page.


Once you find a group you want to join, click on the group and select "Join Group". Depending on the privacy settings of the group, you may not be able to see the discussions or post until a moderator accepts your join request.