Apple makes great products and we would be lying if we said the company can’t sell them. The flagship feature of the 2016 MacBook Pro was a new input panel called the Touch Bar, which many people seemed to want. This happened despite the technical community expressing how ineffective it was at all. If you bought a MacBook Pro with a touch bar and the panel is dull, but the system is still great, you can turn off the touch bar.

There are two ways to turn off the Touch Bar on your MacBook Pro. The simple solution is that the touch bar always shows the system keys by default. It does not change the keys according to the centralized application, so its main function is disabled, but the buttons are still active. If you want to turn off the TouchPad completely, there is an app for it, but the process is a bit long and not easy to perform if you want to turn the TouchPad on and off several times a day.

Touchbar control list

Open System Preferences and go to Keyboard. On the Keyboard tab, open the TouchPad drop-down list and select Extended control bar. That’s all you need to do. This prevents the buttons on the touchbar from constantly updating. You only see the system control buttons, such as the Launchpad button, task manager, and so on.

Disable the touchbar

If the above solution is not what you are looking for and you want to turn off the touchbar completely, it is possible with an application called Disable the touchbar.

Download the application and run it. Before he can deactivate the touch bar, he must deactivate system integrity protection. The app explains how to do this and is pretty straightforward. First, you need to boot into recovery mode on your MacBook Pro. To do this, restart your MacBook from the Apple button in the upper-left corner of the menu bar. When you click Restart, hold down Command + R and do not release it, even if you see the startup animation. You will be taken to recovery mode, where you will see a window showing the Mac utilities.

From this screen, select Utilities> Terminal from the menu bar. In the Terminal, type the following command;

csrutil disable

This disables system integrity protection. Start normally and run TouchBarDisabler. The touchbar is now disabled. If you are unfamiliar with system integrity protection, this is the level of protection that Apple applies to important system files. It prevents changes to these files. This means that you can’t accidentally delete an important file, and malicious applications can’t infect them too easily. If disabling the touchbar is critical, you need to make this compromise.

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