How to get the most from your Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar

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How to get the most from your Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar: If there was one controversial addition to the world of MacBook’s of recent years, it has to be the touch bar. Located in the top section of the MacBook Pro Keyboard, this touch bar has taken the place where the function keys used to sit. Whilst some people simply do not use the touch bar, there are those out there who have really taken against it.

This is particularly true for those who are pro users, who will offer rely on the escape key and function keys in order to do their work. Not only this, but all it takes is a simple touch of this extra sensitive touch bar and you will find that Siri is awoken and ready for action.

For users who have always been used to the configuration of a Windows laptop, the touch bar is probably one of the biggest user adjustments to make. But ultimately, the touch bar is an integral part of the Apple MacBook Pro design. And most users over time, do begin to wonder how they managed without it in  the first place. The thing about this touch bar, no matter how much you may hate it, is that it is here to stay. So, if you are struggling to find the purpose of this bar and want to feel a whole lot less stressed with your MacBook, then here are some of the top tips for actually getting the most that you can out of it.

Not only that, but once you get used to it’s space-age capabilities, it’s a really impressive tool to utilize. Requiring only feather-light touches to activate, you can add tools to it according to your work – or you can swap it back and than the good old fashioned function keys if you prefer.

Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar location

Now, we know this one sounds a bit obvious, but one of the most overlooked tips when it comes to your touch bar is actually looking at it. Your touch bar is designed to be helpful not a hindrance, so, one of the best things that you can do is listen to it. This means that every so often you need to look down and see what suggestions your touch bar is giving you. It might surprise you by just how helpful it is.

Take advantage of the customisable settings

If you don’t take the time to customise and adjust the settings on your touch bars, then how can you ever expect it to work well for you? Well, the good news is that there are things that you can do to make the touch bar work for you. You can adjust things easily and you can customise the control strip to make sure that it fits in with what you need it to do for you. Here’s how you can customise your touch bar to your specifications.

  • Select an app and open it. Then click outside the app screen, on your desktop screen.
  • Select and click on the View option in the menu on your main Apple Mac screen
  • Hover until the drop-down menu appears. Then Choose the Customise Touch Bar
  • Choose your required tool from the selection box that appears. You can now drag it down to the bottom of the screen.

Remember that the function keys are not lost

The good news for those who are worried about the lack of function keys, is that all is not lost. If you are someone who needs to go a little old-school with their keys then you can still access them if you need to. All you need to do is hold down the FN key, which you can find at the bottom left of the keyboard and those keys will be back for you to use.

Use it for predictive text

Predictive text has become a pretty useful aspect of communicating on mobile devices and the great news is that the touch bar brings this tool to your Apple MacBook Pro, which is great if your work requires a lot of emailing and writing. When you need to compose text in any Apple-based apps, just tap on the keyboard icon to the left of the Control Strip. Once this is activated, it will stay there until you tap the right chevron button which will hide it again.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that your touch bar could be more useful then you realise. Why not embrace the change and see if it could be the Apple MacBook Pro addition that you have been hoping for?

Got a broken Apple MacBook Pro touch pad?

The Apple MacBook Pro touch bar actually isn’t that easy to break – unless its been introduced to liquids. Replacing the part involved removing the keyboard and examining why the touch has become faulty. A replacement component will cost around £175 – and you will incur labour charges on top of that. However, for such a useful tool, we believe it’s worth the investment. For more information on our Apple MacBook and Mac repair services in Ipswich, contact us today for a cost assessment for your MacBook repair.


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