I am strictly an Elements Windows user, but I think I am on common ground with this response. Please check it out.
Resetting of the Welcome Screen is done using the icon to which the arrow points in the screenshot.
If you cannot get to the Welcome Screen due to a prior set, then in the Open project, if you have a Window Menu, go to Window Menu/Welcome Screen.
Please let us know if that worked for you.
Thank's very much for your assistance but sadly I have searched my menu options and I can find nothing about welcome screen, I do have a window tab but it does not have anything of help. The picture you pasted is where I went wrong, I pressed the settings gear wheel icon and set it to load video editor as default, now I cannot see any option on my mac to change the program icon details, it just go's straight into video editor new project without asking for existing project or new. Many thanks any way. Alan.
Thanks for the update. I messed up on my directions, sorry about that.
Please check out Premiere Elements Expert workspace Help Menu/Welcome Screen.
The screenshot is from my Premiere Elements 12 on Windows 7 64 bit. Hope you have a comparable location for your Premiere Elements 12 Mac.
Hoping for good news.