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Some apps (eg IDEs) I like to have Function keys directly shown, but most other apps I like the Quick Actions with Control Strip.

Is there a way to get the Touch Bar to automatically switch between the settings rather than having to manually goto Keyboard prefs?

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  • Not that I’m aware of, bettertouchtool is mentioned frequently for this type of thing if you’re open to 3rd party software. – JBallin Jan 26 at 18:44
  • Isn't there a pref's command line prop that one can write too? – Ian Vaughan Feb 5 at 20:41
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You can designate certain apps to show function keys instead of app controls (in the touch bar) by adding them in System PreferencesKeyboardShortcutsFunction Keys.

Related: Is it possible to set touch bar in F1-F12 mode for a specific app?

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