How to Make the MacBook Pro Touch Bar More Useful: 4 Tips

MakeUseOf | 2/25/2019 | Kris Wouk
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The Touch Bar was a controversial addition to the MacBook Pro, and it’s a feature many Mac users ignore. A lot of people tend to forget that it’s there at all—until they curse the missing Escape key.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can transform the Touch Bar from a forgotten strip above to keyboard to a useful tool you use every day. All it takes is a few tweaks.

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The one feature that a lot of Mac users do enjoy about the Touch Bar is Touch ID. Pressing your finger against the sensor at the upper-right of your keyboard is a lot easier than typing your password. This is especially true if you use a strong password.

There are also some apps that make good use of the Touch Bar. Adobe Photoshop CC, Microsoft Excel, Pixelmator, and Evernote are some examples of this. Google Chrome also works with the Touch Bar, but these apps are just the beginning. We’ve put together a list of apps that put the Touch Bar to good use if you’re looking for some recommendations.

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10 Apps That Put the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to Good Use

When the new MacBook Pro models first launched, most of the first apps to offer Touch Bar support were Apple's own. Thankfully many third-party apps now also support the feature.

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Don’t forget to look up at the Touch Bar occasionally, especially in apps you use often. It’s possible there are useful shortcuts you’ve ignored all along.

If you don’t tweak your Mac’s settings often, finding out how to adjust your Touch Bar settings may be tricky. There isn’t a dedicated Touch Bar section in System Preferences. Instead, you’ll have to open System Preferences, then go to the Keyboard section.

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Once you’re here, you have a few options. The simplest is a dropdown...
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