Enable the ablility to keep swatch catagories in my tool panel.
I would love to keep tool swatches in my tool panel. I do have the ability to take one and put it off to the side among my tools, but when I restart Illustrator the tab is gone leaving me to conclude this is not a supported feature. I use one particular swatch category a lot and this would save me time.
1. Create a custom swatch palette by saving your swatch palette (see Options). You can then select it in the drop-down menu, near the very bottom of the list, "Open Swatch Library / User Defined")
2. Create a "source" file with all your palettes and settings as you want them and save that file in a convenient place. Then just open that file and do a Save As to start your project with your color settings.
Hope this helps.