Written by Dewy

My Touch Bar doesn't respond

While working on my MacBook Pro at home, disaster strikes: my Touch Bar no longer works. By now, I know that this panic isn't necessary. Is my Touch Bar non-responsive or is the light strip stuck? It's probably a matter of refreshing. How I do that? You can read that here.

Fast solution

Fast solution

Sometimes my Touch Bar crashes when I switch to another app. All of a sudden, the touch screen on my keyboard stops responding. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to repair the unresponsive Touch Bar: close the app that causes my Touch Bar to crash.

  • Step 1: I click the Apple menu in the upper left corner of my screen
  • Step 2: I click "Force stop" and then select the app
  • Step 3: I click "Force stop" to confirm

Refresh Touch Bar manually

Doesn't this work? There are several ways to manually refresh Touch Bar on my MacBook Pro.

Refresh Touch Bar via command

Refresh Touch Bar via command

The first way to manually refresh Touch Bar is via the command line.

  • Step 1: First, I start the Terminal app. I click "Go" at the top left of the task bar. I go to Programs> Utilities. Now, I open the Terminal app. Another way is to start the Terminal from Spotlight search
  • Step 2: I type the pkill "Touch Bar agent" command
  • Step 3: I simply press the return key to kill and refresh Touch Bar

Refresh Touch Bar via the Activity View app

Refresh Touch Bar via the Activity View app

The 2nd way is via the Activity View

  • Step 1: I start the Activity View app via Go> Applications> Utilities
  • Step 2: I search for "Touch Bar agent" and select the X button in the upper left corner of the window
  • Step 3: I select "Exit"

Refresh control bar

Refresh control bar

Didn't that work? I'll try to restart the control strip. This is the right-most part of the Touch Bar. I can also do this via the Activity View app.

  • Step 1: I open Activity View
  • Step 2: I search for "Control strip" and select the X button in the upper left corner of the window
  • Step 3: I select "Force stop"

After these steps, I've restarted my Touch Bar and can get back to work with this interactive keyboard.


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