Why when I copy a blue star fromone InDesign document to another, it turns black? I have done this before and it stayed blue. Another question: How can I keep various windows from autoomatically opening whenever I open Indesign, such as Pages,etc., paragraph, character, all windows I have had open and but have closed before I quit.
Check if there aren't color swatches or object styles in your docs with same names but different definitions.
On palettes: organize them to your liking and save as your own workspace. Set it to default.