How to Use Function Keys on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

If you want to use function keys more in any app on your new MacBook, there is a way you can make Touch Bar display function keys as a default option.

Ever since Touch Bar arrived as the exclusive feature of new MacBook Pro 2016, it has received enormous praise and flak alike. While most people have appreciated its functionality, some have criticized it for removing the useful Function Keys from the keyboard.

Fortunately, you can’t just customize it perfectly as per your need but also quickly access function keys on the new MBP. Moreover, you have the option to make Touch Bar display them as default in specific apps. Let’s find out how it works!

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How to Use Function Keys on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

How to Access Function Keys on MacBook Pro 2016

Though accessing function keys is easy, you will need to get used to it.

Step #1. In order to access the function keys temporarily, just press the fn key that is the bottom leftmost key on the keyboard.

Step #2. Now, tap on F1 – F12 as per your need.

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How to Make Function Keys Default Touch Bar Display on New MacBook Pro

Step #1. Starting off, click on the Apple menu logo at the upper left corner of the screen.

Step #2. Next, you need to click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Step #3. Now, click on Keyboard.

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Click on Keyboard in System Preferences on Mac

Step #4. Click on Shortcuts tab.

Step #5. Next, you have to select the Function Keys from the sidebar.

Step #6. Click on the Add (+) button. Then, you need to choose an app which you want to display the function keys on the Touch Bar as a default option.

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Step #7. Finally, click on Add.

From now onwards when you use this particular app, it will display function keys as a default option on Touch Bar.

How to Automatically Default Touch Bar to Function Keys on MacBook Pro

I don’t think most users would like to use Windows on Mac. There is a way you can install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp. It will let you automatically default the Touch Bar to function keys. Follow this guide to get it done.

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