I've looked everywhere for this answer and have found very little. What little I have found had to do with Windows, I'm on a Mac running Illustrator 5.5. This has bugged the crap out of me forever, how do I permanently add swatches to the swatch panel??? It's probably something really easy and I'm just missing it. PLEASE help.
Yes I want to have the swatches with every new document.
That was one thing I tried. I opened the "print" document profile and made the changes i wanted to the swatches panel but when I load it up, there are still no changes.
Where did you save that document profile you edited? You should read this:
I accomplish this by creating a custom swatch library. There are colors I often use. I put them all in there.
I then set it to be "Persistent". It's always there for me now.
Whether I raster image (which opens with a blank Swatch Panel), create a new doc or open an old one with it's Swatch Panel manually cleared.