Palettes give you immediate access to many features built into Mathematica, from creating syntactically complete expressions and inserting special characters, to building up charts and slide shows, all through a convenient point-and-click interface.
Mathematica provides immediate point-and-click access to many of its features through the Palettes menu. Here is a list of all the available palettes:
For example, if you forget the name or syntax of a 3D plotting function, instead of going to the help system you can go to the Basic Math Assistant and open the Basic Commands section. Clicking the appropriate function will insert a template for that function into your notebook:
The Color Schemes palette gives visual access to many of the built-in ColorData functions. Here, you will use this palette to implement a different color scheme in the 3D plot above.
Begin by typing ColorFunction->: