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tear-off menu

a menu that can be made into a window (a floating palette) by clicking on it and dragging outside its normal extent until a small outline follows the pointer to position the new window. This is especially useful if a menu contains extremely common commands that a user may want to have ready access to at all times, but that some users may not need (so it doesn’t need to be a window all the time).