In Update 17.2, two enhancements have been introduced to effectively control the color and background of text fields. Now you can bring more clarity to designs that are densely populated with text using these settings.
The preferences, Hide Field Background and Apply Field Background from Text Style are now combined into a single preference - Use Text Style Background Color for Field Background in the Preferences dialog, Text category.
You will see a new attribute in the Attributes dialog, Presentation section for Text Field Background.
If On, text fields are displayed with a light grey background or the Field Background color defined in the Text Style. If Off, text fields will display without a background. This is currently introduced as a technology preview feature in this update.
To find out what else is new in this update please watch New in MicroStation Update 17.2.