[2016 MBP touch bar] Pressing the ESC button by accident!

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  1. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

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    Is anybody else hitting the Touch Bar ESC button by mistake while typing with your left hand's pinky finger?

    The problem is this: since the button has no physical weight, the sightliest caress with your pinky finger triggers the ESC button, and therefore exiting whatever input form you might be filling in at that moment. As a result, I have had to type the whole thing again quite a few times already. It is driving me nuts!

    Is anyone else hitting the ESC button by mistake?

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  2. 09mac macrumors newbie

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    Geez...
     
  3. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, not sure if this is a troll thread.o_O My fingers rarely reach that far up while touch typing. Definitely have not had this happen to me, or any other keys on the Touch Bar for that matter.
     
  4. dekka007hk macrumors member

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    Actually.. Yes I have on several occassions... it is annoying.
     
  5. KohPhiPhi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the comment. You are the second person (without counting me, of course) I hear having this problem.
     
  6. dekka007hk macrumors member

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    Happens like your photo when your hand comes in from an Angle on the left side. Motor skill modification required...
     
  7. TheBuffather macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I've had this happen multiple times already.

    Also: It'd be nice if people here wouldn't keep throwing out the phrase "troll post" every single time someone has a legitimate problem. The immaturity on here has really skyrocketed as of late.
     
  8. fokmik macrumors 65816

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    i can adapt how to type and rest my palms...so no issue here after 2 days of getting used to it
     
  9. Rian Gray macrumors regular

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    I suppose easiest way to "fix" this problem is to change your habit. I usually rest my left hand on asdfg lines, not qwerty lines as you had taken the picture.

    Meanwhile, is it possible to move the esc key to the center, or the right end corner, so that you won't be accidentally hitting it? That would be a good place to start.
     
  10. fokmik macrumors 65816

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    yep
     
  11. KlytusLord macrumors regular

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    I have the same problem. I have been looking online for a way to turn off the touch bar altogether, as it has done absolutely nothing beneficial for me personally and has added a number of annoyances.

    I had set the bar to be the extended control strip (again, I have found the app controls to be useless for me) and that in turn was making me touch the screen brightness as well, just like with the ESC "key."

    I am hoping we have some as-yet-undiscovered terminal command to disable the thing completely.
     
  12. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    No. That's just weird. Maybe you have big hands but it doesn't look like you have big hands. Judging from the angle of your hands it looks like you don't really know how to touch type tbqh...
     
  13. benz240 macrumors regular

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    I've done it several times. I like to keep my left hand in position to do cmd+W/cmd+R/cmd+T while browsing in Safari, and many times I will accidentally hit the esc softkey on the touchbar, causing Safari to exit from fullscreen mode. Very annoying. Will be returning the 15" TB for a 13" non-TB.
     
  14. KohPhiPhi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is EXACTLY when it happens the most to me: when I play with keyboard shortcuts (which I do often in different applications). Very annoying indeed.
     
  15. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    Is it just me or does that seem an odd angle to type at?
     
  16. krishmk macrumors regular

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    That typing method is unnatural and it suggest the OP is trying to avoid the gaint trackpad.
     
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  19. R3k macrumors 6502a

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    Soo, you have to know how to touch type to use this laptop without annoyances?
     
  20. LS417 macrumors regular

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    Happens all the time, but I'm more annoyed with the "send email" button in Mail, I keep hitting it mid message
     
  21. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    If you type with your pinky hovered over the esc button of course you are going to have issues with accidentally hitting the esc button. Was it really that hard to understand? The tips of your fingers should be on the home row in theory.
     
  22. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I just got my new MBP last night and I tried and tried to accidentally tap the Esc key and I could not even come close to inadvertently touching it. I'm not denying that someone is not having that problem, but for the majority if users I cannot see how this could possibly be a problem. Sorry to hear you're having issues though -- perhaps you'll get used to it over time or Apple will come out with even more customizable options sometime down the road.

    BTW, I don't have much time on it yet, but I absolutely love the new keyboard! The short travel feels wonderful and I am typing faster.
     
  23. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    Well if you weren't touch typing, you'd be looking at the keyboard. Where it would be pretty easy to spot what keys you're hitting. Soo your point?

    What's the home row? I've just tried to type with my pinky hovering over the esc key and it's really hard!

    Seriously how are people typing? I've heard all sorts of bizarre ways and positions of resting your fingers over the top bar and stuff. Do people not know what the bumps on 'F' and 'J' are for?
     
  24. KohPhiPhi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It happens often when I CTRL+C and CTRL+V (copy and paste), specially when I do it quickly.

    Mind how, as I place my thumb+index over the CTRL+C keys, my pinky reaches out to the ESC area. When you pull that finger motion rapidly, I've hit the ESC button by accident a bunch of times.

    Go ahead, run that test on your keyboard yourself.

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  25. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    I tested! I think you've just got a posh pinky, does it stick out when you drink tea too? :D. Also does that angle not really hurt your wrist? Your wrist should rest under the FN-CTRL-Option-Command keys, it looks like yours is at a right angle to the computer! Not saying you're wrong by any means, just find it a bizarre way to type/problem to have.

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    Never really thought about it as it's never been a problem. But I use my left pinky pretty much solely for the left shift key, so it naturally hovers around that area. Only time it's getting anywhere near close is on 4 and 5. But still, it's nicely tucked away when not in use.

    I can't believe I took the time to take this photo and write this post :cool:
     

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