Many people would say that it is simply not possible to have too large a monitor connected to your computer. But if you are not in a position to invest in a larger screen, you can gain extra screen real estate by obtaining another monitor. Before you head out to the shops to buy yourself a new screen, you should consider the fact that if you have an Android phone or tablet, you already have access to a secondary display.

Using ScreenSlider you can use your phone or tablet as a second monitor – all you need to do is to make sure you have a wireless network set up and that you have a copy of the desktop software installed on your computer. Automatic detection of available devices means that configuration takes next to no time and in a matter of minutes you can be taking advantage of a little extra screen space.

Using the standard version of the app this new extra screen is used only to display information - it is not possible, for example, to open up a Word document and use the on-screen keyboard to edit it. While this does limit what it can be used for, it still provides a handy way of using your Android to display desktop widgets or other informational apps that you would prefer weren’t taking up space on your main monitor.

There is also a Pro version of the software available as an in-app purchase, and this opens up a number of additional useful options. This includes support for touch screen gestures such as pinch to zoom as well as the ability to enable mirror mode on your Android device and left and right clicking. Bearing in mind the low cost of the standard version of the app, the upgrade is a little on the expensive side, and may not be of interest to all users.

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A great way to not only gain more desktop space, but also to put your Android to good use when you are not using it for anything else.