The search part would better fit under Help/Preferences/Toolbar or even Help/Action/Search.

JOSM Main Toolbar

screenshot of default main toolbar

Some of the important default buttons:

Context menu

context menu A right click on the main toolbar offers a context menu with following items:

  • Remove from toolbar - removes the button from the toolbar (only available if clicked on a button)
  • Configure toolbar - to open toolbar preferences for customization
  • Edit shortcut - to open keyboard shortcuts preferences (only available if clicked on a button)
  • A check box Do not hide toolbar and menu - If checked, the keystroke TAB will not toggle the main toolbar and main menu.


All items from the main menu elements including "preset groups" or any "button" from JOSM can be added and removed.
Default buttons may contain popular items, but for one's benefit customize them once, see source:trunk/resources/images/preferences/toolbar.svg toolbar customization.

Saved search button

The source:trunk/resources/images/dialogs/search.svg search button is a special button. It is customizable so you can set the tooltip, the icon and the search expression yourself. Each time you press the button, the specified search expression will be executed. Examples:

  • If you set amenity=bench as search expression all objects with the tag amenity=bench will be selected.
  • If you set -selected as search expression, the selection will invert each time you press the button.
  • More examples see search

You can create such a button also from within the search dialog.

See also

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