It’s very rare that I either ‘Restart’ or ‘Shutdown’ my Macbook Pro. Most often, I just opt ‘Sleep’.
Since I do not reboot my Mac often, there are cases where I have found the TouchBar strip to turn unresponsive. One such instance occurred today as soon as I woke up my Mac. The soft
Esc key on the TouchBar was unresponsive. Since it isn’t a physical key, there is nothing much I could do other than hitting it multiple times akin to a child!
I remembered that the TouchBar on the Macbook Pro runs on a dedicated ARM processor and a customized version of iOS. So, could I reboot (or force reboot) or restore or refresh it?
The answer is yes. There are few things we could do:
- We could
Touch Bar Agentvia the Activity Monitor or through the terminal, using the command:
pkill "Touch Bar Agent".
- Refresh just the Control Strip, fire up the terminal and execute the command:
It turns out that that soft
Esc key on the TouchBar is part of the Control Strip. Therefore, the first option listed above did not fix my problem. But, the second option of refreshing the
Control Strip fixed the problem.
In summary: if any of the soft buttons on your Macbook Pro’s TouchBar turn unresponsive, refresh the
Control Strip using the command:
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