At the moment I have to tap twice to turn down the volume which is super annoying.

I just wanted to have 2 buttons on my Touch Bar like the old Macs. An up volume and a down volume but it seems apple wants us to annoying tap twice to allow this.

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You can touch the volume button and start sliding your finger left or right to adjust the volume up or down.

No need to lift your finger.

The same goes for the brightness as well.

  • That changed my life lol
    – user32613
    Nov 10, 2020 at 13:23
  • I can't stand the touch and slide. For some reason being able to just tap up and down. Jan 11, 2021 at 23:54

You can change this via a 3rd party app, or you can set it using System Preferences.

From this question and answer: Have touchbar show vol up, vol down, brightness up, brightness down buttons by default

  1. Open the System Preferences app.
  2. Select the Keyboard option (third row, sixth item or just search 'keyboard' and it will highlight itself)
  3. On the first tab (also called Keyboard), locate the dropdown for "Touch Bar shows" and choose "Expanded Control Strip".

This will give you this layout: enter image description here


I suggest you to give Pock a try, you can set up the old volume up & volume down key on your touch bar in pock's preferences. Besides, it's a free app !


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