MacBook – Function keys default

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I have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Touch Bar shows default buttons for brightness, volume, play/pause, etc.

I know there is the option to add applications to the shortcut bar in system settings to have the function keys F1F12 on the Touch Bar, but I want them ALWAYS.

I need them for programming (and I'm lazy and don't want to change my behaviour — imho it is part of the job of my computer to adapt to me, not the other way around) and so I have added PHPStorm to the apps, showing F1

The problem is, when I'm in my browser, calendar etc. Play, etc. is showing. So I never know whether I have to push Fn or not to pause the music.

Is there any way to make the display of the Touch Bar consistent?
And consistently showing F1F12?

Best Answer

You can only do that: How to use function keys on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

For some apps, you can make the function keys display permanently in Touch Bar:

  1. In System Preferences, choose Keyboard.
  2. Click Shortcuts.
  3. From the left sidebar, select Function Keys.
  4. Click the “+” symbol, then navigate to the app and select it.

Now when you open or switch to this app, Touch Bar always displays the function keys.