Basically, you got that right. Where i have complete tool sets for Quick and Expert, I only have the hand and magnifying glass in guided. And this happened only in the last 2 weeks, prior to that the Guided mode had its complete set as well.
I'm beginning to suspect that theres a problem with this version of Elements. I am a long time user of Adobe Illustrator, and many a time I would inadvertantly mis-key something that would call up a screen change that would drive me nuts for a few minutes. I thought that maybe I had done something like that here,- with Elements. Not out of the question. But I'm older and slower, and never was as fluent in PS as Illustrator.
I am curious, I know these forums exist to help one another,- and I am grateful for whatever help I get, BUT doesn't there come a point where the manufacturer of the product should "step up to the plate" as they say??
Again, thanks for your help.
I have just looked at versions 10 & 11 and they show the same set of tools as I described above.
This following video will show you the guided workspace for version 11 but it is the same for version 12.
Is that what you see?
I'm not sure what you were seeing before.
Quite possibly Brian, I had a senior moment!
Yes, that is what my Guided looks like now,- as the video shows!
Can it be that the only tools that were ever shown, were just the glass and the hand?! I would go from Guided to Expert when working on a photo and I guess I saw what wasn't there.
Looks like you put this to rest now!
But, having said all this, and admitted that maybe I had confused tools available to Expert as being also available with Guided, I still can't understand why there would not be a full set of tools with all three modes! Just sayin'.
I think that a novice might be a little frightened by all the tools if they showed up in the guided edit mode. That mode only uses all the other tools but in a simpler way - once they get more familiar with elements, you will find yourself using the expert mode more and more like yourself.
[I know all about senior moments - I have been retired for quite a few years now - at least trying to answer queries help keep my mind active]