What is Minimal Download Strategy(MDS)?

Definition: Minimal Download Strategy is a SharePoint feature that is used to optimize page rendering.

  • When user moves from one page to another page, it only downloads the changes between the two pages.
  • This feature reduces the amount of data browser needs to download while navigating between the pages.

How to activate MDS feature:

  • Go to Site Settings >> Manage site features
  • Activate feature - Minimal Download Strategy

Some Points:

  • You can identify MDS enabled site just by looking at the URL. All the pages in MDS enabled site will have “start.aspx” for rendering. The requested new page will have “#” before it.
  • If MDS is enabled, URL of the page looks like below. /_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/default.aspx
  • If MDS is not enabled, the page looks like below.
    /SitePages/defaut.aspx.
  • MDS will not work on publishing site.
  • Some of the SharePoint site templates like App, Blog, Community, Projects, Team and Wiki have the MDS feature activated by default.
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