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adaptive menu

a menu where the most recently-selected item(s) are shown at the top so as to help the user repeat common commands quickly without searching for them in long menus. This technique does not work well with short menus, where it just adds complexity. A common use is for a long font menu, where the user’s last few font selections are located at the top. It doesn’t work well when the number of fonts the user alternates between is larger than the number of recent items that can be displayed.