I've created a custom toolbar using the pythonaddins module. For ease of use I'd like to add the Select Features tool to the toolbar.

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The tool becomes grayed out as soon as I close the Customize window however.

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Note that the Select Features tool on the Tools toolbar works fine.

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  • @MichaelStimson That's not it. The Select Features tool on the Tools toolbar works fine. Jul 27, 2017 at 23:18

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Your problem is that you are adding an item that is not the same as the Select Features on the Tools toolbar. The Select Features from the Data View Context Menu is the tool that one can start once right-clicking in the data view.

What you are looking for is tools under Selection category:

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Unfortunately, you won't be able to have the same drop-down menu of the tools to pick from (by lasso, polygon, line etc) because this is done by some custom ArcMap UI code that is not exposed through Customize menu.

The closest you can get is either to have just Select By Rectangle (which is the default for built-in Select Features group tool) or to add multiple selection types to the toolbar:

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