Thanks for the prompt reply, but still have a problem.
I am using designer.so entered
when I compiled I got
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Line 167 is the ui.helpBox->setPalette(p);
edpform.cpp:167: error: expected primary-expression before ‘.’ token
so I went back in designer and opened the "palette" in the Property Editor for the helpBox ( QTextEdit Widget ). I was able to change the color there, but I want to change the background color from within the program.