Which panels? What are you trying to create? Screenshots, please.
If it's not letting you create a solid or a light or something, you need to be inside a comp. If you're trying to create a new comp, that's a different issue.
Also, what (exact) version of AE? 11.0.1? 9.0.0?
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You have launched the render module and not the app.
I have the exact same problem!
The render module seems to be the only thing I have on my mac with the name adobe after effects.
But the software manager app says that adobe after effects is installed.
I already removed after effects and installed again, same thing. I only have the render module, not the app...
What to do now?
that is the right answer, thank you for your help!