macOS High Sierra

Use the Touch Bar

If your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can use familiar gestures—like tap, swipe, or slide—directly on the Touch Bar to adjust settings, use Siri, access function keys, and do tasks in different apps.

A keyboard with the Touch Bar across the top; Touch ID is located at the right end of the Touch Bar.

The Touch Bar includes Touch ID, which lets you unlock your Mac and some password-protected items, use Apple Pay to make purchases on the web, and make purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. To learn how to set up Touch ID, see Use Touch ID on your Mac.

Touch Bar basics

The Control Strip, at the right end of the Touch Bar, lets you adjust common settings—like brightness and volume—and ask Siri. You can expand it to access additional settings and features. The other buttons available in the Touch Bar depend on the app you’re using or the task you’re doing.

The Touch Bar with buttons that vary by app or task on the left and the collapsed Control Strip on the right.
  • Change the brightness or volume, or ask Siri: Tap the buttons in the Control Strip. For brightness and volume, you can also quickly flick left or right on the buttons.

    The collapsed Control Strip includes buttons—from left to right—to expand the Control Strip, increase or decrease display brightness and volume, mute or unmute, and ask Siri.
  • Expand the Control Strip: Tap the Expand button, or press the Fn key on the keyboard (if the “Press Fn key” option in Keyboard preferences is set to expand the Control Strip).

    Tap the buttons in the expanded Control Strip to access additional settings and macOS features like Mission Control and Launchpad, or to control video or music playback. For some settings—such as display brightness—you can touch and hold the button to change the setting.

    Buttons in the expanded Control Strip include—from left to right—display brightness, Mission Control, Launchpad, keyboard brightness, video or music playback, and volume.

    To collapse the Control Strip, tap the Close button.

  • Use other buttons: Tap buttons to quickly do tasks in the app you’re using. Each app is different—try it out to see what you can do. For example, here’s how the Touch Bar looks when you select a file in the Finder:

    The Touch Bar with buttons specific to the Finder, such as the Share button.

    And here’s how it looks when you view a picture in the Photos app:

    The Touch Bar with buttons specific to Photos, such as the Favorites and Rotate buttons.

    To add buttons to the Touch Bar in some apps, see Customize the Touch Bar.

  • Add emoji to your text: Tap the Emoji button, then tap the emoji you want to use.

    The Emoji button in the left half of the Touch Bar.

Typing suggestions

When you’re typing text, the Touch Bar can show words or phrases you might want to use next (called typing suggestions), to help you save time.

  • Show typing suggestions: Tap the Typing Suggestions button.

    The Typing suggestions button on the right half of the Touch Bar.
  • Use typing suggestions: Tap a word, phrase, or emoji. Spelling corrections are shown in blue.

    Typing suggestions showing words and emojis, and the button on the left to hide typing suggestions.
  • Hide typing suggestions: Tap the Close button in the Touch Bar.

If you don’t see the Typing Suggestions button in the Touch Bar, choose View > Customize Touch Bar, then select “Show typing suggestions.” Or choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, click Text, then select “Touch Bar typing suggestions.”

Open the Text pane for me

Colors

In apps where you can change the color of text or objects, you can use the Touch Bar to select a color, shade, or model (such as RGB or HSB).

The Touch Bar showing the Colors button among app-specific buttons.
  • Select a color: Touch and hold the Colors button, then slide your finger to a color.

    The Touch Bar showing colors from red on the left to black on the right.
  • Select a shade: Tap the Colors button, touch and hold a color, then slide your finger to a shade.

  • Select a model: Tap the Colors button, tap the color list on the left, then tap a color model. To use a custom color you saved, tap Swatches.