Microsoft KB Archive/251154

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Article ID: 251154

Article Last Modified on 9/10/2004


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q251154


When you are designing a slide show to be shown from Microsoft Windows Terminal Services, there are some performance differences to consider. Because of the limitations of the Windows Terminal Server environment, some PowerPoint animations either do not work at all or are displayed poorly.



Sounds are not played when you connect to a Windows Terminal Server from a remote desktop. This is because Terminal Services makes use of a single transmission channel within the TCP/IP protocols that it uses.

Animated Graphics Interchange Format Files (GIFs) and Video

Animated GIFs and video do not function properly. Currently, the single channel supported by Terminal Services cannot transmit the large amount of information needed by videos and GIF animations.

Slide Transitions

Although most of the slide transitions show some slowing down, the following transitions show the least amount of performance problems:

  • Cover Down
  • Cover Left
  • Cover Right
  • Cover Up
  • Cover Left Down
  • Cover Left Up
  • Cover Right Down
  • Cover Right Up
  • Cut
  • Cut Through Black
  • Uncover Down
  • Uncover Left
  • Uncover Right
  • Uncover Up
  • Uncover Left Down
  • Uncover Left Up
  • Uncover Right Down
  • Uncover Right Up
  • Wipe Down
  • Wipe Left
  • Wipe Right
  • Wipe Up

You cannot use the Fade Through Black slide transition at all. It exceeds the capabilities of the Windows Terminal Services to display correctly on individual Terminal Server clients.

Custom Animations

Similar to the slide transitions, custom animations perform reasonably well except for Spiral and Swivel. Because of the complexity of rendering these animations on screen, Microsoft recommends that you avoid using them.

Color Schemes

Currently Windows Terminal Services are limited to 256 colors. If you use graphics and photos that incorporate anything beyond 256 colors, you notice loss of color depth and some pixelation of the graphics.

Additional query words: Terminal Server WTS Client Services

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