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Questions tagged [touch-bar]

Certain MacBook Pro models, starting in 2016, contain a Retina multi-touch display in place of the standard physical function keys. This tag is for questions about both the hardware and customization of what's displayed on it.

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Is it possible to write a script to tap the X on the Mac touchbar Display Connected prompt

There is this prompt on the mac touch bar that says "Display Connected: Mirror Displays / Extend Desktop" with a little X on the left hand corner. This prompt pops up every time I wake my ...
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Which video formats does QuickTime Player's Touch Bar support?

Some video files, when played with Apple's QuickTime Player on a macbook pro, show thumbnails on the Touch Bar that you can "scrub" through to quickly peek around. Others don't. Is there ...
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Controlling MacBook Pro with external MacBook Touch Bar

I've heard that in SideCar, you can control a MacBook Pro with the (simulated) Touch Bar on the iPad even if there is no physical Touch Bar on the MacBook. I don't own an iPad so I can't try this, but ...
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Make the Touch Bar less fancy

I got a mbp with Touch Bar and now I'm sure I don't like it. What can I do to make it look and behave less like a Touch Bar? Is it possible to make it hold just two sets of buttons, the function keys ...
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Not able to slide anything on the touch bar in macbook pro?

I am not able to slide/scroll through the touch bar in MacBook pro. When trying to slide while adjusting brightness or sound then It shows a control like in the image below on the screen. what to do?
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How do I get touchbar settings on a macbook without a touchbar?

I have a Macbook Pro on macOS monterey 12.1, and I have discovered through XCode.app that you can enable a touchbar that works as if you were using a 2016(4 USB-C/thunderbolt port) through 2020 model. ...
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Volume on my touch bar is not showing up, only controls related to the application I am working on are showing up

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 ...
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How do I reset the control strip on the touch bar to the default settings?

How do I reset the control strip on the touch bar to the default factory settings? I’ve tried searching for how to do this but have only found information on how to restart the touch bar process.
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How to display icons on touch bar? (Zoom mute/unmute indicator)

I would like to be able to display a mute status indicator on my touch bar when I'm in a Zoom meeting so I can easily see if I'm muted or "on air". I have a Karabiner-Elements rule that puts ...
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How to remove items from the touch bar?

I want to remove the man page button from the Terminal's touch bar on macOS Catalina. When I go to View > Customize Touch Bar… I am instructed to "drag items up from the touch bar to remove ...
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Disable shortcuts for system dialogs?

I frequently find myself accidentally opening the Sound Settings dialog when I accidentally type Option-Mute on my keyboard. This happens because Option-Delete is a useful shortcut for deleting ...
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Toggle 'Keyboard -> Touch Bar Shows' though terminal

Is it possible to change the 'Touch Bar shows' option in the Keyboard settings panel though a terminal command? Ideally I want to toggle between App Crontrols and F1, F2, etc. Keys using a BASH/...
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Customize Touch Bar with Function Keys

I need to customize my Touch Bar such that it shows Function keys by default but upon holding the fn key it should show app control and control strip (media controls) together just like how it is in ...
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My Touchbar isn't responding. If I tap, it works but im not able to view the functions. How can I solve this problem?

I thought it froze and I tried the command via terminal and activity monitor. I tried restarting but nothing worked. All the functions on my Touchbar works but it shows up a black blank screen.
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The mysterious case of Touch Bar options - Why did they disappear and reappear in System Preferences?

I have a Macbook Pro 16" 2019 running macOS Catalina. I am wondering what controls the visible / invisible status of the Touch Bar settings (i.e. Touch Bar shows ..., Press Fn key to ..., and ...
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How to immediately show the function keys on the 2020 MBP M1 Touch Bar?

I am switching from a 2018 MBP i7 with a touch bar to a 2020 MBP M1. The older machine is still running macOS Catalina (v10.15.7) whereas the newer one came with macOS Big Sur preinstalled (v11.4). ...
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Is it possible to Map Function keys to something else on macOS?

I'm on Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar is broken. I'm in a program where I need to use some of the F keys, and I'm not able to create shortcuts within the program. Are there anyways I can map ...
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How to further customize the Control Strip of the Touch bar (to add brightness and volume control)

I want to add and to the collapsed Control Strip, so that they are always visible, but we can still make use of a dynamic Expanded Control Strip
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Force MacBook Pro Touch Bar to register all inputs?

The Touch Bar is programmed to ignore what it believes to be erroneous inputs. Is there a way to reprogram or override this behaviour (via settings or via coding hacks) to ensure that inputs are ...
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Automatically switch Touch Bar to function keys for Minecraft only

Under System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts → Function Keys, you can register apps to always show the function keys on the Touch Bar. I want to add Minecraft. However, Minecraft has an unusual ...
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How to move control strip on mac touchbar

Is there a way to mirror the control strip on the touch-bar to have the volume controls on the left instead of the right?
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How To Enable "Touch Bar typing suggestions" on Firefox Browser?

How do you have the Touch Bar show word and emoji suggestions when typing? Expected When typing text while using Firefox browser, the Touch Bar is expected to provide suggestions, i.e. words and ...
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Is there a way to adjust the touch sensitivity of the touch bar on my M1 MacBook Pro?

I've got a MacBook Pro M1 and the touch bar is too sensitive if my finger even comes close to it, it acts like I pressed it. This causes me to change pages and do all kinds of stuff I don't want to ...
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Touch Bar typing suggestions not working globally

I have MacBook Pro 2020 running on Big Sur. The typing autocompletion is not working for me globally (that is, in evey app is should be availiable, e.g. apple notes). I have the keyboard icon ...
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Third party man pages in touch bar

The yellow man feature of the touch bar does not seem to use manpath, for example /opt/homebrew/share/man/ is ignored. How do you configure this?
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Anger threw an AirPod at my Touch Bar and now my AUX isn't working?

Thanks a lot in advance for anyone’s time and advice. Pretty sad here. I have a Macbook Pro 13-inch 2019. Today, after a very frustrating meeting I took my earbuds off in a frustrated manner and when ...
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Print to touch bar

Is there a way to print things to the touchbar, preferably with the terminal? I have been trying to find documentation but I can't find any.
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Toggling iterm2 with F12 hotkey on touchbar doesn't work

Normally I use external keyboard with my macbook pro 2018 and never had any problems with toggling iterm2, I use cmd+F12 as a hotkey. But now I'm using laptop keyboard with the touchbar that shows F1-...
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Accept Macbook Touchbar typing suggestions with keyboard

I mostly type using my external keyboard while my Macbook Pro is sitting on my desk, away from my hands. Sometimes I'd like to accept the Touchbar typing suggestions, but it's more work to get my ...
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Disable MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Boot Camp

I recently set up a new Boot Camp partition for Windows 10 on my early 2020 MacBook Pro, and want to know, is there anyway of disabling the Touch Bar within Windows 10? I have looked on the internet ...
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Show videos, animations or text in Mac's touchbar

Given that the mac's touchbar is an actual display would it be possible to do things like display arbitrary text, a video or an animation in the touchbar? For example, what would it take to display a ...
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Touch Bar on my MBP isn't context-aware

I have a 2020 MBP 13" running macOS Big Sur 11.1 Beta. The Touch Bar no longer shows icons relative to the active app - for example, when using Safari I'd expect to see Safari-specific actions. ...
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Macbook pro 2018 13inch display goes to black and pink dots in the display

I own a Macbook Pro 13inch 2018 touch bar model and suddenly it is showing some issues in the display. (works fine in an external monitor though) For a week, I noticed some pink dots everywhere on my ...
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How do I customise the Touch Bar to show the volume up button and the volume down button

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 ...
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No touchbar detected on Macbook Pro 15 2017 after replacing cable

Okay so I don't have an official Apple store in my country and my keyboard and batteries were giving me trouble. During the replacement process, as I was taking out my original keyboard, I slightly ...
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How to increase keyboard light with Touch Bar not working

My Touch Bar recently stopped working and at this point I have stopped trying to fix it.. I have tried reseting SMC/NVRAM. I just wanted to know if there is a way to turn on the keyboard lights even ...
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TouchBar Cut Off Issue

Background/Config Problem Recently I had to reset my laptop and now I my Touch Bar is getting cut off at the right edge of the display. I am not sure it is physical damage or an issue in the ...
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Disable word prediction in Macbook touchbar

There are plenty of questions on how to disable the touch bar on a Mac, but I am only interested in disabling the text prompts. I find them visually distracting and would like them removed, but do not ...
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touchbar does not work in root account

macOS High Sierra, macbook pro 2017. Can be duplicated on fresh install of macOS High Sierra on another macbook pro 2017. Problem: The touch bar remains like it is in the login window and does not ...
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Adjust the brightness level of touch bar [duplicate]

I can't find anyway to adjust brightness level of touch bar on my mbp 2017 with macOS High Sierra. Perhaps it can be changed by adjusting values in SMC? I have a different hardware model and macOS ...
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There is no process "Touch Bar Agent"

My MBP 15" 2018's touch bar died few days back. I read a lot of people suggesting to kill process "Touch Bar Agent". But, I don't find process "Touch Bar Agent" in the ...
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How to customize Touch Bar on the Macbook Pro 13" when Mathematica is on

Whenever I use Wolfram Mathematica, the Touch Bar on my Macbook Pro has a "New Document" button. My question is, how do I make sure I don't have that button when I open Mathematica? It is ...
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Shift + Esc doesn't work on MacBook Pro with touch bar

There are some apps that use the Shift + Esc combination. But it's doesn't work when I use the Esc on touch bar. Apps behave as just the Esc button pressed. When I connect external keyboard or even ...
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Using the touch bar control strip to play/pause VLC?

The play/pause button on the touch bar control strip doesn't seem to have any affect on VLC. Each time it is clicked iTunes ends up getting launched. I'm assuming that there must be a way to control ...
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Arrange brightness sliders in command strip for multiple monitors

I have a multi-monitor setup with two external monitors (whose brightness is controlled by OS X, not physical controls) and the built-in laptop display. I have my displays arranged with the two ...
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Use Tab(or any other shortcut) to select word suggested in Touch Bar?

I m using a note taking app. While typing, Touch Bar suggest 3 words with the middle one being blue. Is there anyway I can just type half word and press any button like Tab and the word is auto-filled?...
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My MacBook's Touch Bar went black, any solutions? Fingerprint works fine [duplicate]

How can I fix a Macbook Pro when the Touch Bar doesn't work? I have 13 inch 2019 MacBook Pro, and after updating to macOs 10.15.6, the Touch Bar went black. I visit keyboard preferences and saw this ...
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Hardware pause button doesn't work for Chrome media

Similar to (but opposite of) Pause button started working for Chrome / Youtube, messing with audio player controls, I can't get the touch bar Play/Pause button to play or pause Youtube videos in ...
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Deleted EFI partition & "critical software update is required for your mac but an error was encountered" re-install EFI or Touchbar?

So I've made the stupid mistake of deleting the EFI partition when reinstalling my 2016 MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I now get an error when reinstalling the MacOs "a critical software update is ...
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Power off frozen Macbook with a touch-bar

I have a MacBook Pro with a touch-bar, and thus no physical power button. I have tried holding my finger on the touch id button, but to no avail. It has been frozen for several hours (on the screen ...
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