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By default, the Touch Bar’s control strip shows brightness, volume, mute, and Siri options. While Apple thinks this should work out of the box for most users, it may not work for you. Happily, it’s easy to change.

Open minded System Preferences> Keyboard, then choose “Adjust control strips. ”You will see the options in your control strip begin to wobble and a number of new options appear on the screen. Review the various options and if you find one, drag it down to replace one of the existing control strip options. You can do the same for the extended control strip; In this edit mode, just tap the arrow.

Another tip: you don’t need to have a fully loaded control strip or an expanded control strip. You can actually drag your cursor “under” your display onto the control strip where the option will light up. Now drag it back into the window and it will disappear from your Touch Bar. Alternatively, drag these options with your finger to the left side of the Touch Bar, where you’ll find a trash can to remove them from.