How do I get to touch bar settings?

Answered by Willie Powers

To access the Touch Bar settings in IntelliJ IDEA, you need to go to the Settings/Preferences dialog. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Start by opening IntelliJ IDEA. Once it’s launched, you can either create a new project or open an existing one.

2. Once you have a project open, navigate to the top menu bar and click on “File” (on Windows/Linux) or “IntelliJ IDEA” (on macOS).

3. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings” (on Windows/Linux) or “Preferences” (on macOS). Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Alt+S” (on Windows/Linux) or “Command+Comma” (on macOS) to directly open the Settings/Preferences dialog.

4. In the Settings/Preferences dialog, which appears as a separate window, you’ll find a list of categories on the left-hand side. Look for the “Appearance & Behavior” category and click on it to expand its options.

5. Within the “Appearance & Behavior” category, you’ll find an option called “Menus and Toolbars”. Click on it to expand the menu options.

6. Among the expanded options, you’ll see a node specifically labeled “Touch Bar”. Click on it to access the Touch Bar settings.

7. Once you have selected the “Touch Bar” node, you’ll see various configuration options on the right-hand side. These options allow you to customize the controls for different contexts and modifier keys on your Touch Bar.

8. To configure the controls, simply select the desired context or modifier key, and then choose the control you want to assign to it. You can add or remove controls as per your preference.

9. As you make changes to the Touch Bar settings, IntelliJ IDEA provides a live preview of how the Touch Bar will look and function. This allows you to fine-tune the controls and design according to your needs.

10. After customizing the Touch Bar settings to your satisfaction, click on the “Apply” button to save the changes. You can also click on “OK” to save and close the Settings/Preferences dialog.

By following these steps, you should be able to easily access and customize the Touch Bar settings in IntelliJ IDEA. Remember, the Touch Bar options provide a convenient way to access various IDE features and commands, so feel free to explore and experiment with different configurations to optimize your workflow.