Use the Touch Bar on Mac
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, the App Store, and Apple Books. To learn how to set up Touch ID, see Use Touch ID on 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 you customized the Touch Bar in Keyboard preferences 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 on your Mac, 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 mode (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 mode or custom color: Tap , tap the color list on the left, then tap a color mode, such as RGB. To use a custom color you saved, tap Swatches.
Use the sliders for a mode to change values, such as hue or saturation. To save your changes to Swatches, tap the color (a + appears), then tap it again (a checkmark appears).
Hide colors or the color values: Tap in the Touch Bar.
Many macOS keyboard shortcuts use function keys (F1 through F12). For example, you can use F11 to show the desktop.
Press and hold the Fn key on the keyboard to show the function keys in the Touch Bar.
Make sure you customize the Touch Bar in Keyboard preferences so the Fn key shows function keys.
Tap a function key.
If a keyboard shortcut includes a modifier, such as Option or Command, press and hold the Fn key with the modifier key. For example, to use Control-F3 to move to the Dock, press and hold the Fn and Control keys together, then tap F3 in the Touch Bar.