Stereo-Panning Problem

I am new to this forum.
I have been using Cubase 6 Elements and have not been able to get the pan to work or get a any sort of stereo as a result. I record a track as mono but cannot get it to pan across or place it anywhere l to r. Even if I use a stereo input it still will not pan. Whether I am recording or mixing, as I move the pan control, all I get a change slight in volume in left and right but nothing that can be mistaken for panning.
Is there a basic setting I am missing? Is it something in Device Setup or VST Connections?
Any help would be most appreciated.