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How to Create Touch Bar Screenshots on a MacBook Pro

Apple’s controversial Touch Bar on some Mac laptops is actually a second, mini-display. Which means you can take a screenshot of whatever it’s displaying.

How to Take a Screenshot of the Touch Bar

Screenshot of MacBook Pro Touch Bar
MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Click for a larger view.

By default, ⇧⌘6 (Shift, Command, 6) will save a screenshot of the Touch Bar as a file on your desktop.

Alternatively, pressing  ⌃⇧⌘6 (Control, Shift, Command, 6) will copy what you see on Touch Bar to your clipboard for pasting in an app.

You can customize which keyboard shortcut does what by going to System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts → Screen Shots and selecting the key combination for both Touch Bar shortcuts.

macdOS Screenshots Preference window

How to Add a Screenshot Button to the Touch Bar

You can also create a button on the Touch Bar’s Control Strip for creating screenshots of your Mac’s Display and Touch Bar. Go to System Preferences → Keyboard → Customize Control Strip. Drag and drop the screenshot button where you want it on the Touch Bar.

macdOS Keyboard Preference window

By the way, some folks think the Touch Bar is a waste of space and don’t like that it adds to the ticket price of the Mac laptop. However, I find it fairly useful.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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