We have developed large area (up to 80mm×80mm) Thin Film Position Sensitive Detectors (TFPSD) based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). Although crystalline silicon PSDs have been realized and applied to optical systems, their detection area is small (less than 10mm×10mm), which implies the need of optical magnification systems for supporting their field of applications towards large area inspection systems, which does not happen by using a-Si:H devices. The key factors for the TFPSDs resolution are the thickness uniformity of the constituting layers, the geometry and the position of the contacts. In this paper we present data on single and dual-axis rectangular TFPSDs correlating, their performances with the different underlying lateral effects. For the single axis-detector, with two opposite extended contacts, the output photocurrent difference to sum ratio is a linear function of the position of a narrow incident light beam, even for low illumination levels (below 20 lux). For the dual-axis detector with extended contacts, at all four sides (except for small gaps at the vertices due to edge effects) an almost linear relation has been found between the incident light spot position along both axis and the corresponding output photocurrents.