12/28/2021

Bettertouchtool Touch Bar

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BetterTouchTool let's you completely customize your Touch Bar.

BetterTouchTool is a venerable app that has always brought countless tools to any Mac with a trackpad. Add it to a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, though, and you could become a fan of that little OLED strip. People have shared awesome BetterTouchTool Touch Bar setups on our community platform, so definitely have a look there: Known Limitations. The only way to get rid of the x icon on the left side of the Touch Bar is to disable 'Show macOS Control Strip' in the General Touch Bar settings in BTT.

People have shared awesome BetterTouchTool Touch Bar setups on our community platform, so definitely have a look there:

Known Limitations

  • The only way to get rid of the x icon on the left side of the Touch Bar is to disable 'Show macOS Control Strip' in the General Touch Bar settings in BTT
  • When hiding the Touch Bar with the x button on the left, it will require tapping the BTT icon in the Control Strip twice to get it back.
  • You can not partially customize an app's Touch Bar. You can only replace it completely using BTT:

Adding New TouchBar Buttons

  • Decide whether you want to show your Touch Bar button globally or just for one specific application. Select accordingly in the application list on the very left of the BTT Configuration.
  • Click the 'Add TouchBar' button in the TouchBar tab
  • Enter a name (that's required for it to show up in the Touch Bar)
  • Assign any action or shortcut you want.

Customizing the Touch Bar Button Appearance

  • All customization is done in the configuration side-bar on the right (you can undock it like in this screenshot if you want to):

App Specific Configuration

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  • For any app you can choose whether you want to show the BTT Touch Bar or rather show the app's default bar.

Reddit: Share Your BetterTouchTool Touchbar Shortcuts

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General Settings

  • You can decide if you want to show the Control Strip on the right side of the Touch Bar, or if you want to have more space available for your buttons and don't show it. (Hint: you can configure your Control Strip in System Preferences => Keyboard => Customize Control Strip)
  • You can decide whether to show the BetterTouchTool icon in the Control Strip. (If you don't show it, you have to use the predefined action 'Toggle BetterTouchTool Touch Bar' to show or hide the BTT Touch Bar.)
  • You can decide whether you want to Show the global actions also if app-specific actions are available. Hint: by long pressing the BTT icon you can force it to only show the global actions regardless of this setting.
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