How to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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Word predictions are barred from bar exams.
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A number of U.S. states have banned the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar from law exams due to the predictive text feature that suggests words as you type. However, others will still allow it so long as predictive text is disabled.

Here’s how to turn off the feature on your machine.

According to ExamSoft, a company that provides exam management solutions, the Touch Bar’s word suggests could give students an advantage when they’re writing their answers during an exam, “compromising exam integrity.”

Many U.S. states will continue to allow the new MacBook Pro into exams, but invigilators will be present to ensure predictive text is disabled. Follow the steps below to turn it off.

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click Keyboard
  3. Click the drop-down menu alongside Touch Bar shows
  4. Select Expanded Control Strip
  5. Click the drop-down menu alongside Press Fn key to
  6. Select Show F1, F2, etc. Keys

Your Touch Bar will now display function keys by default. Simply reverse the steps above to bring back normal functionality when you need it.