Shelf menu or shelf toolbar or shelf is rich and very comprehensive tool plate. Although experts avoid using shelf because of its size which reduces the workspace or work area of Maya, but there are times when experts prefer to use shelf menu than every other tool menu or command panel, especially when modelers work on specific task such as human body modeling or clothing or specifically dynamics, they avoid to open up the main menus again and again and they use shelf bar. Often experts use custom shelf menu and they collect the necessary items for their specific work.
Some users prefer to create their own commands through scripting and they also put them into shelf menu bar. But for new users the shelf command panel or tools plate is strongly recommended for use, because it is difficult to keep in mind a lot of tools and commands at a time, so they can see the image icons of specific primitives and commands on toolbar and this way they can model or animate an object easily.
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