Appendix B. The Editor, Menu by Menu

The Editor’s menus are far more complex than the Organizer’s menus. All three editing modes—Full Edit, Quick Fix, and Guided Edit—have the same menus, although some choices are grayed out when you’re in Quick Fix or Guided Edit mode. When you need a menu item that’s not available in Quick Fix or Guided Edit, just switch back to Full Edit to use it.

Several of the menus in Elements are dynamic, meaning they change quite a bit to reflect the choices currently applicable to your image. That means the choices you see in this appendix represent only what you may see depending on the situation. The Layer menu, for instance, offers you very different options depending on the current state of your image and which layer is active.


If you have Adobe Premiere Elements installed, then you’ll see some extra menu options not included in this basic list. Also, you may see all these choices in one menu row (in the order listed here), or you may have two rows of menu items, depending on the size of your Elements window.

System Menu

The bright blue square with “pse” on it, at the upper-left corner of the Elements window, is actually a button. Click it to get a pop-out menu for closing, moving, maximizing, and minimizing the Editor, as well as for restoring it to its original size.

File Menu

The commands listed here let you create, import, open, save, and print files.


Choose this menu item if you want to start a new file in Elements. Your options are:

  • Blank File ...

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