The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro replaces the traditional row of function keys on the keyboard. To access the function keys temporarily, simply press the fn key, which is the bottom leftmost key on the keyboard. You can then tap F1 - F12 as needed.
Additionally, if you installed Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp, the Touch Bar will automatically default to the function keys while you are in Windows.
You can also manually specify which apps you want to display the function keys by default while you are using them. Here's how.
How to make the function keys the default display for specific apps on the Touch Bar
You can open the Keyboard section by searching in Spotlight. Or, manually open it via System Preferences.
Note: Some apps may not support this feature. It's up to developers.
- Click on the Apple menu logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Click on Keyboard.
- Click the Shortcuts tab.
- Select Function Keys from the sidebar.
- Click the Add (+) button.
- Select an app that you want to display the function keys on the Touch Bar as a default.
- Click Add.
Now, whenever you are using an app on the list, the default display on the Touch Bar will be the function keys.
Do you have any questions about how to make the function keys the default Touch Bar display when using certain apps?
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