Word predictions are barred from bar
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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
  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.

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