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    Trying to use Samsung Smart TV as external monitor for Mac Book Pro

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    Trying to use Samsung Smart TV as external monitor for Mac Book Pro
    Hey, all:

    You'll be able to tell from this post that I"m a novice here, but I have a question. I have a Macbook Pro, and I'm trying to set it up in my home office so that I can use a larger monitor with it -- in this case a Samsung TV. I've hooked the two up via an HDMI cord, and it's odd -- My background photo popped up right away on the big screen, but no icons or anything else. And then I played a help video on my laptop, and the audio came through perfectly on the bigger monitor, but the background photo is all that's there on the screen. It's a beautiful photo, but I'd like more functionality. lol. Any suggestions?

    I'm using OS High Sierra 10.13.4, if that helps. I do not have a mouse or keyboard set up with it, yet. I wanted to be sure I could get the external monitor to work first.

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    I figured it out! I didn't have mirror display checked in my Display options.

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    That is one solution and I have used that method before. There is another idea though that might be more useful to you though. There is a way to use the second monitor in extended desktop mode. See here. Follow the directions there.

    You've already done much of the setup. Once you have set things up correctly any screens/windows that you drag to the second window will appear on the second screen until you move them elsewhere.
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