I must be having a senior moment. All my strokes are now white by default instead of black. I quit ID. I restart. I make a new doc. Make a box. Select. Hit black swatch for stroke. Prefs should now be black, no? To test, I quit ID. Start. Make a box. Enter a value in stroke and it's a white stroke instead of a black stroke. Solution? Thx.
When you will open the new docs and then make the changes the prefs would be changed for the new docs only.
If you want ot change the default settings then do not open any documents and make changes.
And to set a pref, you need to do it WITHOUT a selection....