Search groups and members in Azure Active Directory

This article tells you how to search for members and owners of a group and how to use search filters the Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) portal. Search functions for groups include:

  • Groups search capabilities, such as substring search in group names
  • Filtering and sorting options on member and owner lists
  • Search capabilities for member and owner lists

Group search and sort

On the All groups page, when you enter a search string, you can now toggle between "contains" and "starts with" searches on the All groups page only. The substring search is done only on whole words, and any special characters are searched for also as an ANDed search. For example, searching for -Name starts a search for the substring "Name" and a search for "-". Substring search is case-sensitive. Object ID or mailNickname properties are also searched.

new substring searches on the All Groups page

For example, a search for “policy” returns both "MDM policy – West" and "Policy group." A group named "New_policy" wouldn't be returned. You can sort the All groups list by name in ascending or descending order.

Group member search and filter

Search group member and owner lists

You can search the members or owners of a specific group by name, and when you enter a search string, a contains search is automatically done. For example, a search for “Scott” returns both Scott Wilkinson and Maya Scott.

new substring searches on the group members and owners lists

Filter member and owner lists

You can also filter the group members and owners lists by user type. This information is found in the User Type column in the members or owners list. You can filter the list to see only members or guests.

The Members page includes all the unique members of group including anyone who inherits their group membership from another group.

You can also search and filter the lists individually. Filtering the all members list doesn't affect filters that are applied to the direct members list.

Group memberships

You can also view group memberships for a group on the Group memberships page. The Group memberships page supports search, sort, and filter operations that are similar to the other Groups pages.

Group member counts

The group Overview page provides member counts for groups. You can see the total number of direct members for a group and the total membership count (all the unique members of group including inherited memberships) on the Overview page.

Higher accuracy in group membership counts

Next steps

These articles provide additional information on working with groups in Azure AD.