I'm trying to decrease the image size that users can submit to an image library. When a user adds an image, it will be displayed on an aspx page. I am already limiting how big the picture can be on there by defining a class, but is there a way that I can limit it in the library too?

I've seen some ways on how to do it in Visual Studio, but I don't have access to that yet.

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Unfortunately, there is no OOTB solution to can limit the uploaded file size for a specific library.

Note: Max file upload size is defined on a web application scope in Central Administration > General Settings.

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The default file size is 250 MB and the max file size in 2013 is 2 GB and for 2016 is 10 GB for more details check compare SharePoint 2016 List and Library limits with other SharePoint versions.


The available workaround solution is to use Event Receiver on ItemAdding

For more details check

  • The last link was what I was looking at before I asked this question! I'm just not sure how to apply it. With a CEWP?
    – Natalie
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 15:23
  • As a short answer, you can't!! as I mentioned in my answer! the available workaround is Event receiver that is server side, CEWP only holds CSS and client-side code like JS, Jquery! Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 15:35
  • ahhh, gotcha. I should have looked at the first link a little more carefully. Thanks for the information. I'll have to try something else out then!
    – Natalie
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 15:44

You can limit the file size upload to SharePoint library by applying the below steps:

Login with Farm Admin user on the central admin. 1 - Click on Application Management. 2 - Click on Manage Web Application. 3 - Click on the Web Application ( the one you want to change the file size). 4 - From Ribbon, click on General Settings. 5- On this pop up browse all the way down and type the value into Maximum Upload Size text box. 6- Click OK

As per the below link: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/34132.sharepoint-2016-increase-file-size-limit.aspx

  • I'm a SCA so I don't have web application settings level of rights. Plus, I just wanted to limit one library. Thanks for the info though!
    – Natalie
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 15:19

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