Here is how you can get a physical hardware Escape key on MacBook with Touch Bar

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Last year, Apple introduced its highly-anticipated MacBook Pro with significant updates over its predecessors. The 2016 MacBook Pro is now much thinner, lighter and more powerful thanks to its new design, new hardware and compelling features.

One of the most noticeable additions to 2016 MacBook Pro is a brand new Touch Bar, sitting at the top of keyboard and replaces both hardware functions and escape key. Basically, the Touch Bar gives you quick access to commands on your Mac. However, many MacBook Pro users still prefer using hardware escape key to tapping on an OLED display panel.


In reality, MacOS allows you to bring back the traditional hardware Escape key and this trick aims to modify a select group of other keys to perform a hardware Escape key.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to bring back a hardware Escape key on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Before we begin, make sure that you are now running the latest version of MacOS Sierra. If not, update your device first.

Steps to get a hardware Escape key on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Step one: First off, you are supposed to head to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences. Once you are done, head to the Keyboard preference panel and click on the Keyboard tab

Step two: Next up, click on the Modifier Keys button and choose the key you want to modify to become the Escape key. We recommend you use the Caps Lock key to perform the Escape function

Step three: Once you are done, all you need to do is to select Escape from the drop-down list and click OK to save the change.

That’s it! From now on, you can press the Caps Lock key to perform the Escape function. A physical hardware escape key is pretty useful for force quitting apps that may not function properly on your Mac.

Note that the above-mentioned process works on both the newest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and other Mac models without Touch Bar.

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