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How to Control the Screen Brightness and Volume on Macbook Pro Touchbar

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, May 08, 2017

Do you have the Macbook Pro with a touchbar? Do you know that with the touchbar, you can adjust the volume and screen brightness at the same with just one gesture? If you have the Macbook Pro touchbar, and you don't know then you are really missing.

Initially, people which includes me thought the new MacBook Pro touch bar was worse than a traditional keyboard for adjusting volume or brightness. Since with keys, you can turn the volume up or down with a quick tap. From my own perspective the touch bar, I noticed that you needed to tap the volume button, then adjust the slider that appears and that is a tap, followed by a tap-and-move motion.

Well most people were wrong because there’s a hidden gesture that let you adjust both volume or brightness in one quick gesture, though it’s a bit pretty hard to stumble upon if you don’t know it’s there. All you have to do is to just tap and hold either function(brightness slider/volume slider) in the Control Strip , then move your hand to the left or right side. The level will adjust, without you ever lifting your finger.

This is a little weird at first, because your finger isn’t on the dial you are adjusting. But once you get used to this, you’ll find that it saves you a lot of time.

One of the questions that may popped up in users mind is "Is this faster than adjusting the volume or brightness with dedicated brightness keys? "

Well, some may thinks so, while others may disagree. With this gesture, you can quickly get to exactly the level you want in one motion, as opposed to pressing a button multiple times in order to get to the level. However, the tactile feel of adjusting settings was also pretty close to a perfect system. So if you aren't fond of the flexibility of the touch bar, this feature isn’t going to make you fond of it. And if you do like the touch bar, this hidden gesture makes it even better.

This feature only works for volume or brightness, which is the two buttons labelled “Sliders” by Apple you see when customizing the buttons on your touch bar.

Looking at it, this really makes sense, since most of the other buttons provide toggle binaries: things you can turn on and off, things you can open or close. Keyboard brightness is the only other thing I think could work as a dial and isn't designed as a Control Strip button. And that can only be adjusted in the Expanded Control Strip, which works more like the normal keyboard buttons.


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