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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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Was there ever a MacBook Pro 2020 with intel Processor and without Touch Bar?

I found an offer online for a MacBook Pro 2020 with Intel i7 processor and without Touch Bar (that is, with physical Esc and F1-F12 keys). Did such a model ever exist? I have not heard about anything ...
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Configure touchbar to only show when holding the function key

I have a 2020 Macbook Pro that comes with a Touch Bar. I'd like it to be normally empty and inert, because I keep touch it by accident. When I hold the "fn" key, I'd like it to show the ...
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Can I configure the Touch Bar to type my email address?

I still have to manually type my e-mail address many times a day, and proofread each time and it is exhausting. I do have a Text Replacement set up in my Keyboard System Settings, so that when I type &...
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Mysterious "Chart-Encircled" Button in Touch Bar [duplicate]

The image shows the mysterious "chart encircled" button in my Touch Bar, on a 2019 MacBook Pro (2 Thunderbolt Ports). It shows four bar-chart-alike bars of varying height in black, on a ...
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2021 MacBook Pro M1 Touch Bar is completely blank but it works

Last night when I plugged in my MacBook to my docking station in my studio my touch bar glitched, flashed white and then went blank, it's black left to right. Despite that, when you try to use it it ...
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Terminal will not accept password after removing Extension Settings from touchbar

I wanted to remove Extension Settings, which I intensely dislike, from the Touch Bar, and found the excellent answer to Removing "Configure in: Extensions Settings" from Quick Actions on ...
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How to fix regular blackout of Touch Bar?

I have a 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro (Intel Core i5) with a Touch Bar. I've noticed, that it occasionally disappears, and then after a few days re-appears. It is not a hardware problem, as killing the ...
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Disable battery display on lid opening

I disabled the automatic power-on when the lid is opened. Is there any way to disable the annoying battery display, which appears after opening the lid?
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Is there an app that replaces the phased-out TouchBar? [closed]

I have just purchased a new M3 MacBook Pro, and am upgrading from a 2016 15" MacBook Pro (with TouchBar). While this is not a post about whether TouchBar was good or bad, there are a few things ...
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Possible to make watchdog process ignore faults in the dynamic function row daemon (dfrd)?

I have a 2020 Intel MacBook Pro with TouchBar. The TouchBar hardly functions; it sometimes flashes erratically, turns off, and will not turn on again until the computer restarts. When the TouchBar ...
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Removing "Configure in: Extensions Settings" from Quick Actions on Touch Bar in OS Sonoma 14.1

I recently updated my MacBook to OS Sonoma 14.1 and noticed a change in the Touch Bar under "Quick Actions", where it now displays "Configure in: Extensions Settings". Previously, ...
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How do I completely turn off my touchbar? [duplicate]

I have owned a 2019 16" MacBook since it came out. A couple of months ago my touchbar started out of nowhere to show vertical green lines all across it, rendering it almost unusable. Since it is ...
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TouchBarServer not working, SIGSTOP error

The Touch Bar on my MacBook Pro 15'' 2019 is not working anymore after upgrading to Ventura. I have tried all solutions and fixes online about the Touch Bar not working, to no avail. As a last resort ...
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Touchbar MBP with broken screen won't display on external monitor

I have a Macbook Pro, not sure which year but it's Intel-based with a touchbar and 4 USB-C/Thunderbolt connectors. Recently the screen broke, and the Mac by itself is completely unusable. The computer ...
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MacBook Pro 13. OS 12.5.1 - Touch Bar broken, screen brightness on zero, can’t adjust

The Touch Bar on my MacBook has been broken for awhile so I have to adjust everything with trackpad. I turned display brightness down all the way and accidentally moved my fingers, so now I can’t see ...
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Disable Touch Bar completely on MacBook Pro 2020 [duplicate]

The Touch Bar on my MacBook Pro 2020 flickers a lot, and due to that I want completely turn it off, as in not using it at all! All solutions I have found so far were just using the bar for the ...
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Please help me to fix this Touch Bar problem [closed]

I've set Touch Bar to show App Controls and Control Strip when I hold the fn key, but I've set it to show F1-F12 keys for several applications. Previously In those applications, I could hold the fn ...
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Which process(es) controls the keyboad backlit and the touch bar?

Something crasched or hung on my Macbook Pro 16" (intel) and now they keyboard backlit is off while the touchpad is on but doesn't react on input. I would like to restart all processes ...
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Touch Bar flashing bright white light when Mac is idle

I have a 2019 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar. The Touch Bar has been flashing bright white light when I don't touch my keyboard or trackpad for a certain amount of time. I also have noticed that the ...
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How to add Mic button on touchbar on Macbook pro 13"

I have a sound button on touchbar, however there's no mic mute / unmute button on the same. Is there any way to customize the same to add new control? It will be very helpful during online meetings. ...
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Is there a way to set the ambient light sensor's value?

I have a 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The said Touch Bar is flickering from time to time (to the point it hurts my eyes) and does not even light up the rest of the time. It looks like the problem ...
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Control Strip in Terminal could not be found

The Touch Bar from my Macbook Pro A1989 Touch 2018 13" after a display change is not working; not sure the display break was the cause. But I wanted to reset or restart it from the Activity ...
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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 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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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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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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