Not sure Judith Epstein-Fischer as I do not know where you answered these questions. You do need to have an Adobe ID in order to download the trial. Is that the process you were completing was signing up for an Adobe ID?
I now have an ID and it seems like everything downloaded, but when I click
on the Elements icon, only file names pop up. Have a left off a step in the
download or something? I don¹t seem to be able to click on anything and
actually get to the program so I can start using it. Any advice?
You will need to install the software after you have downloaded it. Did you run through an installation process? Which operating system are you using? Have you looked in the typical location for your OS to see if Photoshop Elements is installed?