(2016MBP) Anybody notice that Esc doesn't actually do "escape" sometimes?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jackoatmon, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2011
    In graphic programs like InDesign and the like, Esc is a key (I guess a button now) that does something super common, like send you back to the main selection tool.

    I've noticed that in lots of programs, in cases where Esc is used for for something that doesn't "feel" escapey (like it brings to you a certain tool or activates a function, rather than "cancelling" something) it just doesn't do the thing when you touch it. I wonder if this is because they've got it programmed to graphically change in certain contexts from Esc to an X (for reasons no human will ever comprehend) or some other crazy thing?

    Anyway, it's horribly annoying.
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Can you give some specific examples others can check?
  3. daihard macrumors 6502a


    Feb 19, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    VIM uses the Esc key to switch between the command mode and the insert mode. The virtual Esc key on the Touch Bar works as expected there.

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