How to Use Escape Key on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) and MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) has created a lot of hype among users. Some users are so impressed by this new MacBook that they want to get new MacBook Pro Touch Bar on old Mac and iPad.

This touch bar changes involuntarily with the application you choose to use; this feature helps you show related and familiar tools and controls on MacBook Pro.

The touch bar has got all the functions that a traditional row of function has, including Escape button.

But users have noticed that Escape button on the latest Touch Bar tends to hide itself while performing some functions in certain apps. To access that key again, you need to click on your desktop screen. By this, the Escape key reappears with Control Strip and basic system controls.

If you like to use that Escape key on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, all you need to do is to press ‘X’ or ‘Done’ button on the Touch Bar. Note that Escape key on the new Touch Bar is located on the same place as it did on traditional keyboards. In the latest MacBook Pro Touch Bar, the Escape button sometimes gets covered by other tools.

There are many users, who, despite being the owners of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, love to use that physical Escape key on the board. For such users, there is a workaround.

How to Use Any Key as Escape Button on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Step #1: Click Apple menu icon from the top left corner of your Mac screen.

Step #2: Next, click on System Preferences from the drop down menu.

Step #3: Now you need to click on Keyboard.

Step #4: Click Modifier Keys.

Step #5: Hit Select keyboard (this you need to do if you have paired another keyboard with your Mac).

Step #6: Choose the built-in keyboard.

Step #7: Click the drop-down menu beside Caps lock.

Step #8: Finally, choose Escape.

You can select any other key as Escape button from menus.

In case you change your mind and don’t wish to use another key as Escape key, follow the above steps and click on Restore Defaults.

How to Force Apps to Quit Through Esc Alternatives

Many times, you cannot use Escape button on the Touch Bar when an app you are using doesn’t respond. This will stop you from closing the app with the help of Escape key.

Here, if you want to use Esc key to force an app to shut down, you can switch to another app and try Option-Command-Escape.

If this fails to give you any result or the Touch Bar turns unresponsive in any app, you should restart your Mac. Select Apple Menu → Restart. Alternatively, you can press and hold the Touch ID (power button) until the Mac shuts down. You can use this second option in case your Mac becomes unresponsive.

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