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adaptive palette

a tool palette or toolbar that allows tools to be selected from a pop-up menu, and then shows the chosen tool as the default tool for that menu (can be selected again just by clicking, without the menu appearing). This enables the user to access the most common tools quickly, under the assumption that the most recently-selected tool is the most likely tool to be needed. However, this doesn’t work well when a person needs to alternate between tools within a single pop-up menu.