MacBook Pro Keyboard showing Control Strip

How to Disable the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

  • by Zach (173)
  • Time to complete: 2 minutes

The Touch Bar is a neat addition to the MacBook Pro. For me, however, it's kind of annoying and I just want my normal Control Strip back rather than application-specific options. After all, I'm perfectly happy using keyboard shortcuts.

This short guide will show you how to disable the Mac touchbar and restore it to its previous non-touch behavior.

1

MacOS System Preferences Pane

Navigate to  > System Preferences.

2

MacOS Keyboard Settings

Select the Keyboard item.

3

Disable MacBook Pro Touch Bar

In the Touch Bar Shows dropdown, select the Expanded Control Strip option.

Finally, close System Preferences. You're all done!