Apple’s MacBook secured a new feature called TouchBar which is amazingly useful and powerful, given that the apps have configured it properly.Touch Bar even has an incredible interface for Safari, Final Cut Pro or even Non-Apple apps such as Adobe Photoshop. Despite being the popularly used web browser, Google Chrome does not have this feature inbuilt in it on a new MacBook Pro.
So if you have just bought the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar version and are puzzled with TouchBar unsupported Google Chrome, we give you How to Get Touch Bar Support in Chrome.
What’s a Touch Bar?
Some of the latest versions of Apple’s MacBook Pro exercise a small screen in place of the function keys that can be adjusted to do basically anything the software developer wants.
In Final Cut, such as, shortcuts and quick controls appear when focused on that certain app and are there for the user’s accessibility.
There are some alternating views on the web about the real usefulness of this feature, but all that aside, the Touch Bar is likely going to become a basis of MacBooks for the nearby future, so software developers have to adapt so.
Technique 1: Use Touch Bar support in Google Chrome’s Canary Build
It is unknown to some people that Google Chrome browser has three simultaneous builds maintained by Google.There’s an established build that almost everyone probably already has, a Beta build that is meant to let users get early access to some of the new features being implemented in Chrome, and a chrome canary touch bar which is basically the forefront of every feature being added to Chrome. If you wish to use the Touch Bar support in Chrome, you can download the chrome canary build, and try it.
In the Chrome canary build, the Touch Bar elements static buttons for send, back, refresh, favorites and new tab. It also a has search/address bar option that allows you to quickly type a URL or search for something. Anyways, you cannot customize the Touch Bar buttons, and conflicting Safari, the Chrome Canary build does not have a tab switcher or preview of windows in Touch Bar. So, yes, the Touch Bar support in the Chrome Canary build is still in its early phase and we do hope Google continues building up more options when it accomplishes in the stable release.
Technique 2: Make Custom Touch Bar Buttons for Chrome
If you cannot stick around for the features in the current Canary build to make its way into the stable Chrome build, it’s natural. You can actually use the chrome touch bar extension called Better Touch Tool, to create a Touch Bar like implementation for Chrome. The best part about this is that you can customize it a countless several times, and adjust it according to your personal interests. If you want to make a personal Touch Bar buttons for Chrome, just follow the steps below:
1. Download and install Better Touch Tool (45-day free trial, licenses start from $6). Launch the app, and go to “Preferences”.
2. Here, go to the tab that says “Touch Bar”, to construct buttons for the Touch Bar.
3.Click on the “Select Application“ and then click on “+” that comes under it.
4.Choose Google Chrome from the list of applications.
5. Next, click on “+ Touch Bar Button” to attach a new button to the Touch Bar, that will only be present when Google Chrome is the active application.
6.Enter a name for the button in the bar with label “Touch Bar Button Name“, and choose an icon for it. You can also choose a user-friendly icon for the button. First, we’ll make a “New Tab” button. So enter the name “New Tab” in the bar with label “Touch Bar Button Name”.
7.Then, click on “Custom Keyboard Shortcut”, and press simultaneously “command + T”. This is the shortcut used for opening a new tab on Chrome.
Once done, you’ll be able to see the “New Tab” button in the Touch Bar when you bring Chrome to the foreground. Similarly, you can create buttons for other applications like closing tabs, or earlier tabs, switching to next, and a lot more. Anything you can do by a keyboard shortcut, can be readily, and quickly assigned to a Touch Bar button, with Better Touch Tool.
Now that the Chrome canary build has supplemented support for Touch Bar with version 58, we can expect it to come to the stable build sooner. Google offers four different channels of Chrome, including canary, developer, beta, and stable.
You can try Touch Bar support in Chrome now by downloading the canary build from Google’s website. This version will run parallel to any other Chrome build you have installed. So quickly head to Google’s website now to download the Chrome 58 canary build.
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