To navigate straight to the Photoshop Elements Editor or Organizer without viewing the Welcome Screen, follow the directions below.

1. Change what the Welcome Screen desktop shortcut launches.

The Welcome Screen includes options on whether to launch Elements Editor, Organizer, or the Welcome Screen

  1. Click the settings button (gear icon) in the upper-right corner of the Welcome Screen.

  2. Choose one of the following options: 

    • Welcome Screen
    • Organizer
    • Photo Editor
Welcome Screen Settings

Note: Photoshop Elements 10 has a button that says "Settings" instead of the Gear icon above. Versions of Photoshop Elements before version 10 have the following icon instead of the word "Settings": 

2. Create desktop shortcuts for the Editor and Organizer (Windows only).

Editor

  1. Navigate to the following location:
    • 32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements [Version]\
    • 64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements [Version]\
  2. Right-click the file PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe.
  3. Choose Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut).

Organizer

  1. Navigate to the following location:
    • 32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Elements [Version] Organizer\
    • 64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements [Version] Organizer\
  2. Right-click the file PhotoshopElementsOrganizer.exe.
  3. Choose Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut).

3. Create a Dock alias (Mac OS only).

Editor

  1. Navigate to //Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements [Version]/Support Files/.
  2. Double-click Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor.app to launch the Editor.
  3. Right-click the Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor icon that appears on the dock. If your mouse does not have right-click capabilities, click and hold the icon until the menu appears.
  4. Choose Options > Keep In Dock.

Organizer

  1. Navigate to //Applications/.
  2. Double-click Adobe Elements [Version] Organizer.app to launch the Organizer.
  3. Right-click the Adobe Elements Organizer icon that appears on the dock. If your mouse does not have right-click capabilities, click and hold the icon until the menu appears.
  4. Choose Options > Keep In Dock.

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