Optimize images in SharePoint Online modern site pages

This article will help you understand how to optimize images in SharePoint Online modern site pages.

For information about optimizing images in classic publishing sites, see Image optimization for SharePoint Online..

Note

For more information about performance in SharePoint Online modern portals, see Performance in the modern SharePoint experience.

Use the Page Diagnostics for SharePoint tool to analyze image optimization

The Page Diagnostics for SharePoint tool is a browser extension for Chrome and Microsoft Edge version 77 or later you can use to analyze SharePoint both modern and classic publishing site pages. The tool provides a report for each analyzed page showing how the page performs against a defined set of performance criteria. To install and learn about the Page Diagnostics for SharePoint tool, visit Use the Page Diagnostics tool for SharePoint Online.

When you analyze a SharePoint modern site with the Page Diagnostics for SharePoint tool, you can see information about large images in the Diagnostic tests pane.

Possible results include:

  • Attention required (red): The page contains one or more images over 300KB in size
  • No action required (green): The page contains no images over 300KB in size

If the Large images detected result appears in the Attention required section of the results, you can click the result to see additional details.

Page Diagnostics tool results

Remediate large image issues

If a page contains images over 300KB in size, select the Large images detected result to see which images are too large. In modern SharePoint Online pages, renditions of images are automatically provided and sized depending on the size of the browser window and the resolution of the client monitor. You should always optimize images for web use prior to upload to SharePoint Online. Very large images will be automatically reduced in size and resolution which can result in unexpected rendering characteristics.

Before you make page revisions to remediate performance issues, make a note of the page load time in the analysis results. Run the tool again after your revision to see if the new result is within the baseline standard, and check the new page load time to see if there was an improvement.

Page load time results

Note

Page load time can vary based on a variety of factors such as network load, time of day, and other transient conditions. You should test page load time a few times before and after making changes to help you average the results.

Tune SharePoint Online performance

Tune Office 365 performance

Performance in the modern SharePoint experience

Content delivery networks

Use the Office 365 Content Delivery Network (CDN) with SharePoint Online