On what computer operating system is your Premiere Elements running?
Are you still at a stage in the project where you could use the Undo button?
Did you run the project with the AutoSave feature Enabled? Please see Edit Menu/Preferences/AutoSave?
By default (Windows)...see Libraries/Documents/Adobe/Premiere Elements/13.0/Adobe Premiere Elements AutoSave Folder.
To avoid the problem that you ran into, please hold down the Ctrl or Alt key (Windows) as you add a file to an existing Timeline.
Please review and consider.
Any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.
Windows 8, I tried the undo button but it does not seem to be putting the clips back in the order I had them . I believe the autosave is enabled
I went to the autosave feature but unfortunately it only has from today's date. Any other suggestions?
Undo and AutoSave are your possibilities as I see it.
How many Auto Save files did you find? Only one? If you looked at only one, then look at each to make sure what you have in each.
How much of the Timeline got messed up
Please let me know if there is enough left so that you can rebuild around what seems still in place. Better than starting from the beginning.
If you are forced to start a new project, make sure the AutoSave feature is on before starting the project and do a manual Save during the day's session.
Please update us on your progress.
I found one that did not get messed up. Thanks so much for the information. I have another question. What is the best way to add a video clip to your timeline? When I use the quick feature, it adds the video clip to the end of the timeline and some of the clips I need to add are in the beginning of the timeline. Is there a simpler way than to manually move it and risk messing up the timeline again?
Wonderful news that you found a project file that was as you created it. Great job.
I have not found the Quick workspace to be the preferred one for arranging clips in the project. Please take a look at the Expert workspace where I believe you can see better what you are doing and consequently have more control over the situation.
And, when you adding clips to an existing Timeline, add the clips as you hold down the Alt or Ctrl key of the computer keyboard.
However, please review and consider the following Adobe document on arranging clip (Quick workspace)
The document should apply to 11, 12/12.1, and 13/13.1.
We will be watching for your progress as your time permits.