[Update – August 2014] As reader James pointed out in the comments, recent versions of Chrome/Chromium have a “Recent Tabs” entry in the menu on the top right of the screen (the hamburger button, the one with 3 horizontal lines) that is some kind of replacement for both “Recently closed” and “Other devices”. I still like the previous approach better, but it’s something!
[Update – February 2013] (as this post is one of the most visited) Since the
chrome://sessions page has been taken away from us, the best way I found to keep a Speed Dial-esque new tab page is to stick with Chrome’s default new tab page and replacing the apps there with apps that just open some URL. Some of them you can find in the Chrome web store (facebook, Google Reader, Google Finance, Reddit, WordPress, …), for not-so-popular URLs you can build your own small app, it’s easy! Just follow this guide.
Then, to access pages from other devices you just click on the “
Other devices” link in the bottom right of the new tab page.
This is just a workaround, though (even if in my particular case I’m pretty happy with it). If you’d like to use extensions for the New Tab Page (like Speed Dial) please star this issue on the Chromium issues page so that extension developers can have access to the Other Devices info. The more stars, the more visible the issue!
[Update – January 2013] in case anyone’s interested in developing a new extension (I’d like it to do it myself if I had the time..) it looks like you can access sessions info from the
chrome://sync page, under the
Sync Node Browser tab.. good luck with that!
[Update – December 2012] the chrome://sessions page doesn’t work anymore in Chrome, it’s been taken away some months ago. Hence, unless you use Chrome’s default “New Tab” page you’re out of luck, you can’t access your sessions from anywhere else. The following describes how you used to do that before that page was removed.
I love tab syncing in Chrome: I can easily switch from my smartphone to my PC without having to finish reading that article I was really into while coming home on the bus, or I can go surfing the interwebs in the living room on my laptop without missing all the tabs I’ve opened on the PC in my bedroom.
Sure, the privacy thing may be something of an issue for someone, but I’m mostly ok with being targeted by very focused ads, I can safely ignore them (well, I don’t know about the future, though).
It’s not only about tabs anyway. Check the video Google made to introduce the feature, it’s worth it (well, if it loads… now it doesn’t from where I am)
First thing you have to do is open the wrench on the upper-right corner and choose the
Sign in to Chrome option; you must provide your Google account credentials and choose the settings you like.
This is where the Google page stops, without actually telling you how to access tabs from other computers/devices. I don’t know if it’s an option available by default on the new tab page, cause I use the awesome Speed Dial 2 chrome extension to quickly access my favorite pages. Using that, there’s no one-click way to view all open tabs from all devices.
After googling (talking about Google…) I discovered that you can view all your Chrome sessions from all of your configured devices by going to chrome://sessions. You can’t click on the link, it’s a basic security feature (things may get rough if web pages could link directly to browser configuration pages…). You can right-click copy it though.
Too bad you can’t link the page in speed dial 2, either.. You can bookmark it in chrome! …but I don’t use the bookmark bar anyway, so I rely on a custom search engine: you can follow this guide to add a keyboard shortcut to view your sessions page (I chose the letter ‘s’).
[Update]: if you’re looking for a quicker way to reach your ‘sessions’ tab, try Nigel Scott’s nice Session button extension! It adds a button on the upper right tools menu (next to the preferences wrench button).that you can click to access the sessions tab. Just as I wanted 🙂