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  • Utilizing GA4's Filter Functionality for Event Names and Parameters

    Posted by Oliver on 18 January 2023 at 1:19 am

    Yo folks, I’ve got this website, say example.com, with more than a grand of pages, like:

    • example.com/tiger/english/
    • example.com/tiger/french/
    • example.com/tiger/ukraine/
    • example.com/cat/english/
    • example.com/cat/romanian/

    The whole setup is pretty straight, slugname/language, that’s the drill for all pages.

    Back in the good ol’ days when I was jamming with GA3(UA) tracking, things were breezy. I’d just drop /tiger/ and get all the tiger pages or /english/ for all English ones. Here’s how it went down:

    Snapshot of GA3 tracking

    Man, I could filter out anything I needed just like that!

    But then, GA4 comes around and plays hardball – no tracking on page URLs. All I can do is send those strings as custom events/event parameters. So, how do I filter topics in this brave new GA4 world? I’ve been searching high and low, but no sight of that refreshing text box I had in GA3:

    GA3 text filter

    After some digging around, I tried to get creative with defining custom names here:

    Custom names in GA4

    Finally, I could filter by those names I set up myself.

    But hey, don’t get me wrong, there are some real drawbacks compared to my trusty GA3 filters:

    1. You can’t stretch past 50 terms
    2. Before I run any queries, I need to skip over to the admin page and draft up the terms

    Anyone out there cracked the code to use the textbox filter in GA4? Much appreciated, folks!

    Amelia replied 11 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Emily

    Member
    3 June 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Hey buddy, were you looking for this?

    Don’t sweat it, here’s how you can do it. Just follow these steps and you should be good to go:

    First off, navigate through your GA4 like so:

    Go to **’Reports’** -> **’Engagement’** -> **’Events’**.

    Here, check out this screenshot to give you a better idea:

    ![Reports, Engagement, Events](https://i.stack.imgur.com/StNzR.png)

    Now, to draw an example from my own website, I typically filter with dimension equal to “page path” and look for values that include “/it-IT”, because I operate a lot in Italian.

    Oh, and my apologies – my settings are in Italian, but the English equivalents should be pretty straightforward. I tried translating the labels to English, but they just revert back after applying the filter. Hope you can still get the hang of it!

    Here’s how it plays out on my end:

    ![Applying Filter](https://i.stack.imgur.com/x4Zud.png)

    If you’re still stuck, just give me a shout. Always happy to help a fellow webmaster!

  • Amelia

    Member
    2 July 2023 at 8:18 pm

    The user is seeking advice on how to navigate certain changes in Google Analytics 4 (GA4), which differ from the previous version, GA3 (UA). The user has a large website with multiple pages, each with a specific language and a topic (like “tiger” or “cat”). In the old version, they could easily filter the data by topic or language with a straightforward text filter. This function seems to be missing in GA4.

    The user describes a workaround using custom names, but it has limitations. First, there’s a limit of 50 terms, and second, the terms need to be set up manually before running any queries. The user is seeking advice on filtering to match the ease of use they experienced with the text filter in GA3.

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