Setting Assistance preferences
The Assistance pane of the Max Preferences window shows the settings associated with using the Assistance features of Max that allow you to get hints about what kinds of messages or data the inlets and outlets of an object will receive or send.

Setting your Assistance preference

You can choose both the background color of the Assistance bubble and the color of the text displayed in the bubble.

Changing the Assistance bubble display colors

By default, Max help files are only available when a patcher window is unlocked. You can set Max to let you access help files from a patcher window when it is locked.
Enabling help files in locked Patcher windows

Enabling/Disabling layout bubbles

You can choose both the background color of the Layout bubble and the color of the text displayed in the bubble.

Changing the layout bubble's display colors