Setting the user interface language

If the operating system is in the English, French, German, or Japanese language, Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor automatically chooses the corresponding language setting in the Language drop-down. However, if operating system is not in the English, French, German, or Japanese language, the Language drop-down defaults to English.

Language selection options
Language selection options

The language selection dialog box is displayed when:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor is launched for the first time.

When you launch the application for the first time, the Language drop-down is displayed. Retain the default language selected, or choose either of English, French, German, or Japanese.

Preferences are reset.

When you reset preferences from the Preferences dialog (Command + K), and then restart the application, choose a language from the Language drop-down again.

Preferences are deleted.

When you press Cmd+Alt+Shift+Delete during application launch, all preferences are deleted. At application launch, choose a  language from the Language drop-down.

You can also change the language through the Preferences dialog box. This action requires Photoshop Elements 11 Editor to be restarted.

Photoshop Elements window

The Photoshop Elements window provides modes to create and edit images. Select one of the following options:


Enables you to edit photos in the Quick mode.


Enables you to edit photos in the Guided Edit mode.


Enables you to edit photos in the Expert mode.

The Expert mode has tools to correct color problems, create special effects, and enhance photos. The Quick mode contains simple tools for correcting color and lighting, and commands to quickly fix common problems, such as red eye. The Guided mode contains tools for basic photo edits, guided activities, and photographic effects. If you are new to digital imaging, Quick or Guided modes are a good place to start fixing photos.

If you’ve worked with image-editing applications before, you’ll find that the Expert mode provides a flexible and powerful image-correction environment. It has lighting and color-correction commands, along with tools for fixing image defects, making selections, adding text, and painting on your images. You can rearrange the Expert workspace to best suit your needs. You can move, hide, and show panels, and arrange panels in the Panel Bin. You can also zoom in or out of the photo, scroll to a different area of the document window, and create multiple windows and views.

Photoshop Elements in Expert mode

A. Inactive tab B. Active tab C. Active image area D. Menu bar E. Options bar F. Toolbox G. Tool Options bar / Photo bin H. Taskbar I. Panel bar 

Menu bar

Contains menus for performing tasks. The menus are organized by topic. For example, the Enhance menu contains commands for applying adjustments to an image.

Mode selector

Contains buttons to enter the three available editing modes. Also, contains the Open (recently used files) drop-down and the Create (photo projects) drop-down.


Holds tools for editing images.

Panel bin

Logically grouped features, actions, or controls.

Photo Bin / Tools Options

Toggles between Photo Bin (display and manage thumbnails of currently used photos) and Tools Options (displays and sets options for the currently selected tool)


Displays the most frequently used actions as buttons, for quick and easy access.

Use context menus

You can use context menus in the Elements Editor workspace. Context-sensitive menus display commands that are relevant to the active tool, selection, or panel. These menus are often another way to access the commands in the main menus.

  1. Position the pointer over an image or panel item.


    Not all panels offer context menus.

  2. Right-click and choose a command from the menu.

Using keyboard commands and modifier keys

You can use keyboard shortcuts in the Elements Editor workspace. Keyboard commands let you quickly execute commands without using a menu; modifier keys let you alter how a tool operates. When available, the keyboard command appears to the right of the command name in the menu.

Exit Photoshop Elements

To exit Photoshop Elements, close the Elements Editor workspace.

  1. From any workspace, do one of the following:
    • Choose Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor > Quit Photoshop Elements.
    • Click the Close button (X) in the upper-left corner of the workspace.
  2. When closing Photoshop Elements, choose whether to save any open files.

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