In the MBP touch bar, I have selected the use of F function key rows for the touch bar. Touchbar always shows up as F1, F2...F12. I attained many shortcut combinations to them and use them in many places including IDEs. I would like to use them as standalone to function as a Control strip default as well.

For instance(MVP);

F1 Reduce the screen's brightness

F2 Increase the screen's brightness

F3 Activates Expose view, which shows you every app that's running


F10 Mute

F11 Reduces volume

F12 Increases volume

I know that pressing fn changes them to Control Strip temporarily, but that is not my aim. I would like to use directly F keys to perform those functions. How to assign those functions to these F keys?

This question can also be asked in some other way: How to assign Control Strip Default Set to an external keyboard?

  • What have you looked into so far? Oct 26, 2022 at 12:17
  • @SaaruLindestøkke Sure, why not? :)
    – User1
    Oct 26, 2022 at 12:29
  • So, what did your research show so far? What options have you looked into? What websearches did you do? It's not a problem if you didn't find anything useful, but then at least people know what you've tried already and what didn't work. Please edit your question to include this. Oct 26, 2022 at 14:09
  • Well, that is why I am asking :D
    – User1
    Oct 26, 2022 at 15:06
  • I understand what you are asking, but what google search did you do? What did you find? It is hard to suggest something without knowing what you have tried already. Oct 26, 2022 at 16:00

1 Answer 1


I'm on macOS Monterey 12.6.1, so ymmv.

In the Keyboard preferences there is a dropdown for "Touch Bar shows", which appears that you can change to what you are looking for.

Keyboard preferences with "Touch Bar shows" dropdown open and "F1, F2, etc. Keys" selected

  • That is not what I am asking. That is my setting already (use F1,F2, etc. Keys). The problem is when you select to use F1, F2, keys; they do not work for control strip things (like opening brightness or increasing volume). I want them to do both.
    – User1
    Oct 28, 2022 at 5:33

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