I am currently trying to extend my laptop display onto another dell monitor, but all I am getting is the windows logo with the snapshot of the default windows desktop background on the secondary monitor, without the ability to use it as an extended monitor. Any ideas on how to configure it properly would be appreciated.
Which OS are you using (which version of windows?) Have you adjusted your resolution settings from the control panel?
Most of the time if dual monitors don't work on laptops it's because you need to redirect the input using the Function keys on your laptop. It should be something like
If that's not the issue, it might be the version of windows you're using. Some windows versions do not allow you to even change your wallpaper, which leads me to believe that this is also a feature they might be blocking.
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If that is the case, it's working as designed.
Extending the monitor so you have two monitor workspaces does not extend icons or the task bar/start menu to the second monitor, those will remain on the primary monitor unless you move them. Windows does not support the taskbar and start men running on both screens in an extended configuration.
Some tools allow you to place the taskbar and start menu stretched across both monitors, but these are third party apps only.
The only way to get the start menu and taskbar extended across both monitors using the default windows settings is to use a duplicate monitor or mirrored display configuration. This is how most people run a projector, showing the same thing on the projector as on the laptop screen. This is not extended monitor, this is duplicate or mirrored.