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What is my Site Collection Quota in SharePoint Online?

What is a Site Quota?

Site Quotas allow you to define a limit on the storage capacity of a top-level site (in SharePoint terms a site collection).The storage limit applies to the site collection as a whole. In other words, the storage limit applies to the total size of the content for the top-level site and for all sub-sites within the site collection. SharePoint Apps, the content in the Recycle Bin and if versioning is enabled, the versions in a site also count toward storage limits.

How do I request a site storage quota increase?

When a new site collection is created often a site quota is applied to the site to meet the organisation’s requirements to limit the unrestricted growth of their environment. In situations where the quota limit is exceeded or about to be exceeded you should contact you SharePoint farm administrator or support desk to request an increase. You may also find that your organisation has policies and procedures in place to deal with quota increase requests that define what constitutes a valid business reason for an increase and how to go about the request process.

How do I know when I am approaching my quota limit?

Over time and regular use your storage use will likely increase so how will you know if you are at risk of hitting the limit?

Firstly, SharePoint will proactively alert you to the fact that you have almost reached the current quota limit by flagging​ this at the top of the web page when you are on your site as shown below.

Second, SharePoint will send those identified as the Site Collection Administrators an email notifying them that the quota limit has almost been reached.

How Can I find out how much storage I am currently using?

Determining how much of your quota has currently been used is quite easy if you are the site owner i.e. you have Site Collection Administrator access to the site.

To view your current quota limit, how much storage your site is using and what within the site is using the storage simply go to the Site Settings for your site and click on Storage Metrics under the Site Collection Administration options e.g.

The page displayed looks something like this (obviously your metrics will be different)…

Storage Metrics

What happens if the storage limit is reached?

You will continue to be able to upload and create content until the quota is exceeded. This means that if for example you have 1Mb left of you quota you will still be able to upload a 200Mb file. Once the file is uploaded though, the quota will have been exceeded and no more updates or uploads will be possible until the storage used is brought back below the quota limit.

When the quota limit is exceeded an email is sent to the site collection administrator notifying them.  The email send includes a reference to the site with a URL, has links to the recycle bin and storage metrics for the site, and displays the site statistics (current usage). In addition to this email, a message is shown at the top of every page in the site. Unlike warnings, this message is seen by all users and is shown on every page of the site.

Quota Exceeded Banner

You cannot add content to a site that has exceeded its quota. This applies to list items as well as document/file based content. If you try to create, upload or drag and drop content you will receive an error message informing you of this e.g.

This message will also be displayed if you attempt to add a new App to your site after exceeding the limit.

How do I free up space on my site?

You might think that the answer to this question is simple…”just delete content I don’t need from my document library”. This is find if you are still within your quota limits. Unfortunately, once you have exceeded your quota, simply deleting content won’t work as it is put in the recycle bin and that also counts against usage. In this scenarios you will need to remove items from the recycle bin first to free up enough space. If there isn’t enough space freed up by the recycle bin, you’ll need to delete something from the site first and then remove it from the recycle bin. Note that unless you are a site collection administrator you can only see your personal recycle bin.
Even if you are a site collection administrator, the “empty the recycle bin” link provided in the red or yellow banner only takes you to the personal recycle bin for that user. If you are a site collection administrator and you want to see the recycle bin for all users go to Site Settings > Recycle Bin. This will take you to the administrative recycle bin page where you can see end user recycle bin items for all users as well as items deleted from the end user recycle bin (the second stage recycle bin).
Note: you do not need to delete items from the second stage recycle bin in order to clear up space as content stored here apparently does not count against your quota.

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Customising Overlay Colours in SharePoint Calendars

It was recently noted by one of our technical team that when setting up Calendar overlays the list of colour​s available seemed a bit screwed up with the same colour name appearing next to different colours. This issue is a result of the colour palette used to generate the custom Look for all sites in our SharePoint environment and is actually not a currently defined by Microsoft as a bug even though it would be nice to have a bit more clarity and control of how these are determined. So the question was asked ‘can we change these colours?’

I have done some additional research and confirmed that the colours presented to the user for calendars are generated by SharePoint based on the theme selected for the web site (in our case the custom Look) and not immediately customisable for calendars out of the box. Specifically each one of the 9 colours defined comes from the definition of Accent 1-6, Hyperlink, and 2 of the text/background theme colours in the custom Look. This is why the first 6 colours map directly to a colour defined by the accent shown in the SharePoint Color Palette Tool. I think the Hyperlink text/background colours are generated based on the definitions within the custom Look.

There are a number of solutions for implementing customisations but these are point solutions that apply to a specific calendar in a specific site and end users would need to deploy the solution themselves to customise the colours in their calendars. We could possibly look at updating our custom site provisioning app to deploy this customisation with a calendar when the site is first created.

For future reference here a few of possible point solutions (all use a similar approach)…

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SharePoint 2013 Preview Available for download!


In the last couple of days Microsoft have released the Preview version, read first beta, of the next edition of SharePoint. Some are calling it SharePoint 2013 others SharePoint 15 (SP15). I’m not sure what its officially called by Microsoft yet but there seem to be lots of nice enhancements and new features included. Mobile device support is one of things that seems to have received some attention which is not surprising considering how prevalent they are within most organisations these days.

The core hardware/software requirements are basically the same as 2010 from what I can see except that the underlying SQL Server can no longer be 2005 or the base SQL Server 2008. It must be SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.

I’m loading up a VM with the software stack and going to have a look see at it as I get time and will update my blog on my findings.


If you want to download the preview software image for the Server or  SharePoint Designer or have a look at some of the Ignite SP15 training modules have a look at the following address:

Download Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview


SharePoint Designer 2013


SharePoint 2013: presentation: IT pro training


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