How to Disable the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Zach Zach (249)
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 touch bar and restore it to its previous non-touch behavior.

Looking to disable other annoyances on your Mac? Check out our guide on disabling Mac messages and disabling the volume control sound on your Mac.

MacBook Pro ×1

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MacOS System Preferences Pane

Navigate to  > System Preferences.

MacOS Keyboard Settings

Select the Keyboard item.

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!

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