Here is how you can manually refresh Touch Bar on 2016 MacBook Pro

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Last year, Apple introduced the new MacBook Pro models with significant design changes, new hardware, and compelling features. The new MacBook Pro is the thinnest and lightest as well as the most powerful MacBook Apple has ever made. However, what makes the 2016 MacBook Pro set apart from its predecessors is the brand new Touch Bar, a capacitive touch screen that sits at the top of the keyboard and replaces the traditional function keys.


The new Touch Bar offers a new way of app interactions on your Mac. However, at times it may become a cause of annoyance as it gets stuck and become unresponsive, forcing you to refresh or reload the Touch Bar to get it back in working order.

In this guide, we will run you through the steps to manually refresh Touch Bar on MacBook Pro. You can refresh Touch Bar either through the Activity Monitor app or by the command line. Whatever you choose, your Touch Bar will get back to work.

  1. Steps to refresh Touch Bar from Activity Monitor application

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Activity Monitor application on your Mac, you can find it in /Applications/Utilities/ on your Mac

Step two: Once you are in, all you need to do is to look for Touch Bar agent and quit it.

  1. Steps to refresh Touch bar from the command line

Step one: First and foremost, you need to open the Terminal application. You can locate it in /Applications/Utilities/ on your Mac

Step two: Once you are in, enter the following command syntax: pkill “Touch Bar agent”

Step three: You are now supposed to click return key to kill and refresh Touch Bar

  1. Steps to refresh the Control Strip in Touch Bar

Step one: You need to open the Terminal application on your Mac and type in the following command syntax: killall ControlStrip. Make sure that you enter it correctly

Step two: Once you are done, click the Return key and re-launch the Control Strip

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