Photoshop: Easy access to different tools

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Once I am working with a tool (say the dodge & burn tool or the Healing Brush tool) I often want to change from one tool variation to another - say dodge one part of a photo and burn another.
I would like to be able to access the tool variation without going to the toolbar - say by Option Right-Clicking the mouse. This would save a huge number of people a great deal of time.
Any form of direct access to tool variation without going back to the toolbar then clicking on the tiny triangle would be great.
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There are already keyboard shortcuts to select tool.

O will select the Dodge tool, J will select the Healing Brush, etc.

Shift + O will cycle between the Dodge, Burn & Sponge tool.

You can remove the shift modify by selecting Preferences>General... and uncheck "Use Shift Key for Tool Switch" so hitting just O multiple times will cycle between the Dodge, Burn & Sponge tool.

You can change the shortcuts for tools by selecting Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts... and select Tools from the pop-up.