Have you updated flash to 10.0.2? Have you played around with a bunch of different selections, objects, and so forth to see if this box is always incorrect? I think there's some particular selection (order of selecting things, and so on), where the color swatches in one location don't work as expected. However, it should not happen all the time and from what I recall it was fairly easy to work around (I can't even figure out what this was - so probably not it, as it seems hard to run into or perhaps now fixed).
Also make sure you have the stroke selected - if you don't have everything selected, either the fill or stroke will show no color and dim depending on the selection.
I will try the upgrade to 10.0.2, thank you. I always set the fill and stroke first before drawing. Also, even when there is color at first for say the stroke, I can't change the color and increasing the stroke size doesn't change the object.
What is most confusing is how the same problem retains even after restoring earlier and reinstalling. I wonder if there is some special file or registry saved somewhere?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I just installed the update and it fixed the problem. I didn't know about the update. You saved me from having to rebuild my operating system and hours of work. Thank you for taking the time to respond with thoughtful ideas. May you have great blessings come back to you. You're great!