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How to Customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

The Touch Bar, a thin OLED display strip that sits atop the keyboard on Apple's new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks gives users a series of shortcuts, depending on which app they're using. If you don't like the default options, though, you can add and remove buttons to customize the Touch Bar to your own preferences.

Touch Bar buttons display for both Apple's own programs, such as Photos, iTunes and Maps, as well as third-party offerings including 1Password, Day One and djay Pro. Here's how to customize the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro.

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1. Click File. You need to open a window in an app to edit the Touch Bar options for that view.

2. Select New Window.

3. Click View.

4. Select Customize Touch Bar.

5. Click and drag buttons down from the display to the bottom of the screen, bringing them to the Touch Bar. You'll only see the options for your current view.

6. To move a Touch Bar button, hold and drag it to a different spot.

7. To remove a button from the Touch Bar, hold and drag it to the far left end.

8. Release your finger when "Remove From Touch Bar" appears.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.