How to customize the small control strip of the macOS touchbar even further

Sadly, the small Control Strip the Touchbar of macOS shows is only customizable to a small degree. Buttons like Next and Previous cannot be added to show, when only the smaller size Control Strip is visible.

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However, you can easily edit the contents of the file at ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.controlstrip.plist with e.g. Xcode:

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Just change the MiniCustomized Section to what you want to have in the small version of the Control Strip.

You can find all the possible values in the

/System/Library/CoreServices/ControlStrip.app/Contents/Resources/Configuration.plist file:

  • com.apple.system.keyboard-brightness-up
  • com.apple.system.media-play-pause
  • com.apple.system.brightness-down
  • com.apple.system.dashboard
  • com.apple.system.mission-control
  • com.apple.system.screencapture
  • com.apple.system.notification-center
  • com.apple.system.keyboard-brightness-down
  • com.apple.system.screen-saver
  • com.apple.system.sleep
  • com.apple.system.media-next
  • com.apple.system.volume
  • com.apple.system.search
  • com.apple.system.brightness-up
  • com.apple.system.launchpad
  • com.apple.system.do-not-disturb
  • com.apple.system.mute
  • com.apple.system.media-play
  • com.apple.system.show-desktop
  • com.apple.system.volume-down
  • com.apple.system.media-prev
  • com.apple.system.volume-up
  • com.apple.system.brightness

This way, you can e.g. setup this Media Player Control Strip:

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After changing the file, save it and reboot to make your mac load the changes.

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