My touch bar used to have options for brightness, volume, etc.

After my last os update, none of those are showing up. The only actions on my touch bar are for the application I am using. So if I'm using chrome, there's back, forward, refresh, new tab, but there's no volume control.

I saw that I need to go to settings -> sound -> select show volume in menu bar but that is already selected for me.

  • Have you tried going to e.g. System Preferences > Extensions > Touch Bar > Customize Control Strip… and adding what's missing? Dec 8, 2021 at 22:18
  • yes. The new buttons still disappear as soon as I go to chrome or whatever application I am using . Dec 8, 2021 at 23:20
  • In e.g. System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard is [√] Show Control Strip checked or unchecked? What is Touch Bars shows set to? Regardless of how set try toggling them to see if it makes a difference. Dec 9, 2021 at 0:06
  • If was set to 'App Controls', I switched it to expanded and that solved the problem. If you reply with this instruction I can mark it as solved Dec 9, 2021 at 0:49

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In System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard, set Touch Bar shows to Expanded Control Strip.

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