Your internet browser is probably the most-used program on your computer. If not, then I don’t know what you do all day.

But most people only use a small part of their browser. Today, most browsers have plenty of tools and features hidden beneath the surface. Only a privileged few know about these features. And today, I’m inviting you to this secret order of extraordinary browsers.

All drama aside, I’ve got a few cool browser tricks to show you today:

5) Enjoy top-quality 3D graphics

In the past, browser games were restricted to the limited RAM and processing capability of your computer. Most games were ugly, 2D, laggy, pieces of garbage.

Today, a new web standard called WebGL (a JavaScript API) allows your browser to access your graphic’s processor in order to deliver amazing 3D graphics with no lag or hiccups. You don’t have to install any plugins to get these games to work. Instead, it’s all integrated directly with your processor.

firefox graphics

Firefox uses a slightly different technology to create the same effect. This technology is called ASM.JS and effectively turbo charges the graphics in your browser.

Here are some of the games you can enjoy from different browser companies:

Google Chrome: Experiments (Cathedral is the best one)

Internet Explorer test drive (Hover is great)

Multiple browsers: Citadel

Not too bad! Looks like the online games kids enjoy today are going to be miles beyond anything the first internet generation played.

4) Talk face-to-face online without a third party app

Did you know that you can have a video chat with people over the internet? Of course you did because you’ve been outside in the last 10 years.

But did you know you can have an online face-to-face chat with someone over your internet browser without using additional software? Probably not. But that’s exactly what Chrome and Firefox allow users to do.

Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all support something called WebRTC API, which uses HTML5 to deliver video and audio information.

You can try it out yourself today by visiting this website:

All you need is a friend (or another PC if you want to talk to yourself) to use the program. This functionality is now being integrated on more and more websites, which means that customer service agents of the future might be able to talk face-to-face with you after you visit a website. Neat!

3) Make awesome presentations

Back in the day, people used to make PowerPoint presentations before presenting in front of a group. Today, more and more people use Prezi, which is a free online presentation editing tool. It’s an awesome tool that is free to use. It makes your presentations look something like this:

That looks pretty good, right? Basically, it allows you to present information in a less static and more interesting way. If you find your audience falls sleep during PowerPoint presentations (they probably will), then Prezi is an easy way to keep them interested throughout.

2) Drag and drop everything

Drag and drop has been a feature on Windows since basically forever (i.e. Windows 95). But today, many modern internet browsers support dragging and dropping. Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all have drag and drop functionality on a number of differnet websites, including:




-Other email sites

So if you want to upload that picture to Facebook, just drag and drop it from your desktop into your status box. Dragging and dropping is blurring the online and offline worlds and I couldn’t be happier about it.

drag and drop chrome

1) Enable notifications

Your phone gets notifications, so why can’t your PC? Thanks to Chrome and Firefox, you can now easily enable notifications on your browser. You can push notifications to your desktop for services like Gmail and some chat programs. It has limited functionality at the moment because not many websites support it, but it’s pretty useful for the websites that do support it.

To enable desktop notifications in Gmail, go here and follow Google’s easy instructions:

gmail desktop notifications

What today’s internet browsers can do is undoubtedly cool. But we’re only beginning to see the potential of HTML5. A few years from now, who knows what we’ll be able to do with our internet browsers – even you, Internet Explorer.


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