In layout mode, select the fields that you are trying to turn white and then go to formatting.
You'll have choices of fill color (paint bucket icon), Fill pattern, text color (big letter "A") and line color. Select a fill color of white.
I'm not sure if the format icons are still on the toolbar in FMP10, but they are available in the format dropdown as well.
well well well - you nailed it and I even got that drop shadow as an option there two
Very nice to help - hope to see you again if you can help - THANKS