The Touch bar is a handy feature that Apple added on the Macbook to bring reasonable controls at your fingertips without cluttering the keyboard. The touch bar is touch-sensitive and accepts standard inputs and gestures, including tap, swipe, and slide. Using the touch bar, you can adjust a couple of settings, access Siri (Apple’s digital assistant), access function keys, and also perform some tasks in apps.
For instance, the control strip is displayed on the right side of the touch bar on booting the Mac. This strip lets you adjust volume, display brightness, Siri, and mute.
Using the Touch Bar on your MacBook
The Control Strip
On boot up, the touch bar displays the control strip, as mentioned above. The control strip lets you adjust a couple of things. This includes volume and brightness. It, however, includes brightness, volume, mute, and Siri icons in that order.
For instance, to mute your MacBook using the control strip, tap on the mute icon on the control strip. To adjust your MacBook volume, tap the volume icon, then adjust the slider to increase or decrease the speaker volume. After you’re done, the slider will disappear in a few seconds, and the control strip will display the default controls. But if you can’t wait, just type anywhere outside the slider to switch back to the control strip.
The control strip is always accessible independent of the app you’re currently using on your MacBook.
Accessing System Controls and Settings Using The Touch Bar
The next thing you need to know is how to access system controls and settings using the Touch Bar. Tap on the right arrow key beside the control strip to open system controls and settings.
This will open a range of options.
Now you can adjust media playback and keyboard brightness. Once done, tap the x icon to close the extra options and open the default control strip.
Dynamic Touch Bar Control Options
The MacBook Touch Bar does more than just letting you adjust the different settings mentioned above. That is because it presents different additional settings depending on the app that you’re currently using.
For instance, in Finder, the app lets you can organize your files, share files, apply tags to files from the Touch Bar. In Mail, you can perform tasks like composing, replying to emails, composing, use predictive text, format text, add emojis, and send emails.
Customize MacBook Touch Bar
As mentioned above, the Touch Bar provides different options depending on the app opened. This is a handy way to getting more done without heavy lifting.
But in addition to that, you can also customize the Touch Bar in different apps and prioritize your most used controls. Whether it’s in Finder, Mail, and Safari, you can customize the Touch Bar.
Step 1. If an app is open, select View from the top menu, then tapCustomize Touch Bar. This will open the customization window, which lets you add or remove the Touch Bar buttons.
This will cause the Touch Bar icons to start jiggling.
Step 3. If you wish to rearrange items in the Touch Bar, drag items left and right within the Touch Bar. And to remove items from the Touch Bar, drag them up and out of the Touch Bar.
Step 4. Once you’re done, tap Done.
The Control Strip can be customized as well. Check how to customize the Control Strip below.
Customize the Control Strip on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Apple allows you to add, remove, or rearrange Control Strip buttons.
Step 1. Have an app open, then go to View, then Customize Touch Bar.
Step 2. Touch the Control Strip region of the Touch Bar. This will take you to the Control Strip customization section.
Step 3. Add or remove items in the Control Strip. To add an item, drag it from the display down into the Control Strip. To remove an item, like Siri, touch and hold the Siri button then drag it up and out of the Touch Bar.
Alternatively, you can customize the Control Strip by heading to the System Preferences and find the “Customize Control Strip” option.