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Learn How to Customize MacBook Touch Bar 

Customize MacBook Touch Bar

In this article, we’ll show you how to adjust touch bar settings and configurations on a MacBook.

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  • Make the Apple Touch Bar your own
  • Control Strip for Apple Touch Bar
  • Is It Possibles to Customize the Touch Bar in Apps?
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What You Should Know

  • To access the Touch Bar, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Keyboard > Touch Bar.
  • To customise the Control Strip, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Keyboard > Touch Bar shows > Customize Control Strip.
  • Go to View > Customize Touch Bar in a suitable third-party app to customise the Touch Bar.

This articles will show you how to customise the Touch Bar and Control Strip on your MacBook, as well as how to make these modifications in compatible third- chevalier apps.

How Do I customise My Apple Touch Bar My Own?

The Control Strip on the right and context- or app-dependent controls on the left make up the MacBook Touch Bar. Regardless of which app you’re using, the Control Strip displays the same icons—screen brightness, volume, Siri, and so on—while the space on the left varies based on your activities.

You may modify what’s on the Touch Bar by default, whether it varies depending on which app you’re using, and more in macOS. Follow these steps to customise the Touch Bar’s overall appearance and functionality:

  1. Select Apple from the menu bar.
  2. Navigate to System Preferences.

  1. Choose Keyboard.

 Customize MacBook Touch Bar

  1. Click the drop down next to Touch Bar displays on the Keyboard tab.

Customize MacBook Touch Bar

 5. Select the structure and functionality of the Touch Bar from this drop-down menu. The options are:

Select App Controls to display app-specific shortcuts in the Touch Bar when they’re available.

Control Strip Expanded: This always expands the Control Strip and hides app-specific controls.

F1, F2, and so on. Keys: Do you want your Touch Bar to behave like a standard keyboard, with Function keys above the numbers? Select this option.

Quick Actions: If you’ve set your own automations with Quick Actions, this option allows you to access them more quickly.

Show Spaces: This option gives you one-touch access to all of your Spaces.

The choice you make will be implemented. The System Preferences window will be closed.

Do you want to conceal the Control Strip? Remove the check mark next to Show Control Strip.

How Can I customise My Apple Touch Bar Control Strip My Own?

The icons to the rights of the Touch Bar make up the Control Strip, which is a section of the Touch Bar. You can also customise them to make them work the way you want. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Select System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard from the Apple menu.

Customize MacBook Touch Bar

2. Select the Customize Control Strip option.

3. On your screen, a set of Touch Bar icons emerges. You can drag new icons into the Touch Bar from the set of icons on your main displays (move your mouse “into” the Touch Bar to see your moves replicated there). Like when rearranging apps on an iPhone or iPad, the icons will move.

 Customize MacBook Touch Bar

You can simply skip this step by navigating to View > Customize Touch Bar in the Finder.

  1. Drag unwanted icons from the Touch Bar onto the screen to delete them.

To drop Touch Bar icons, place your mouse “in” the Touch Bar, then click and drag the controls you want to rearrange.

  1. When you’ve finished arranging the Touch Bar the way you want it, click Done.

Is It Possibles to Customize the Touch Bar on a MacBook in Apps?

With the released of the new MacBook Pro models in 2016, Apple introduced the MacBook Touch Bar. All MacBook Pro models have had the Touch Bar since then, at least until the second-generation Apple silicon MacBook Pro models in 2021. The Touch Bar was not available on any MacBook Air versions.

 Customize MacBook Touch Bar

Customizing the Photoshop Touch Bar

We’ve already gone over how to customise the Touch Bar and Control Strip, but you can also customise the app-specific controls that appear in the Touch Bar (if you chose to see them back in step 1, that is).

Although not all apps support the Touch Bar, Apple’s apps do, as do many popular third-party apps.

Go to the View menu in apps that support modifying the Touch Bar, then click Customize Touch Bar. On the screen, the Touch Bar’s full set of options for that app are displayed. To customise the controls for that app, follow the drag-and-drop instructions from the previous part of this article.


• How can I fix a MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar?

First, restart your computer if your Touch Bar isn’t operating properly. If the problem persists, look for a system upgrade. If these basic repairs don’t work, you might need to consider resetting your computer to factory defaults or having it serviced.

• How can I force a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to restart?

You can’t restart your MacBook Pro using just the Touch Bar, but you can do so with the button next to it, which may also contain the Touch ID sensor. Hold the button down until it clicks, then release it to restart the MacBook.

• How can I get emojis to appear on my MacBook Pro Touch Bar?

For apps that allow emojis, such as Messages, the Touch Bar will have an emoji keyboard. When they’re available, an emoji button will show on the left side; tap it to open the keyboard, then swipe right to left to cycle through the options.

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