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.
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.
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.
Expand the Control Strip: Tap , 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.
To collapse the Control Strip, tap .
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:
And here’s how it looks when you view a picture in the Photos app:
To add buttons to the Touch Bar in some apps, see Customize the Touch Bar.
Add emoji to your text: Tap , then tap the emoji you want to use.
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 .
Use typing suggestions: Tap a word, phrase, or emoji. Spelling corrections are shown in blue.
Hide typing suggestions: Tap in the Touch Bar.
If you don’t see 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.”
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).
Select a color: Touch and hold , then slide your finger to a color.
Select a shade: Tap , touch and hold a color, then slide your finger to a shade.
Select a model: Tap , tap the color list on the left, then tap a color model. To use a custom color you saved, tap Swatches.