My Touch Bar doesn't respond
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
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
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
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.