Apple unveiled its new lineup of MacBook Pro last week and demonstrated the new Touch Bar, an OLED touchbar that sits at the top of the keyboard, and offers users instant access to system settings as well as app tools. Obviously, it is great for Mac-based programs. However, many of us would like to use both Windows and macOS on one computer, and the problem is that how can you use the Touch Bar with Windows on the MacBook Pro? Read on.
What the Touch Bar does when using Boot Camp with Windows
Boot Camp is an Apple’s built-in utility that allows users to install Windows directly on a Mac using a partitioned drive. When running Windows, the Touch Bar will become a row of virtual function keys between F1-F12, as well as an Escape key. In fact, it remains unclear whether there will be further customization for the Touch Bar when using Windows with Boot Camp.
What the Touch Bar does when using Parallels with Windows
Unlike Boot Camp that allows you to install Windows directly on a Mac using a partitioned drive, Parallels is a third-party app that lets Windows run as a desktop app within macOS itself. Developers can add Touch Bar support to typical Mac apps, so it is possible that Parallels will fold a row of function keys into the Touch Bar. There are no official words from the company about what it will fold in the Touch Bar.
However, don’t worry if the third-party app doesn’t include Touch Bar support. If you wish to use F1-F12, and you are using the app without the Touch Bar, you can press and hold the fn key on the low left of your keyboard in order to make the function keys appear on the Touch Bar.
That’s all about how to use the Windows Touch Bar on MacBook Pro. If you find it useful, don’t forget to share it with others.