There is no way to change this default setting that I know of, eliast. Sorry.
Although there seems to be no way to avoid this default behavior that you describe, there is an easy way to get the end result that you want, that is, the content that you want selected so that you can edit it and not content on another track.
Right click the Edit area monitor, select Select, and then click on the name of the content that you want selected.
Please consider, and then let us know if that worked for you.
This behavior disturbs me as well. I just recently purchased Premiere Elements and this hasn't tripped me up yet. But I know it will at times.
You lost me completely though ATR. What the heck is the Edit area monitor? I don't understand where I'm supposed to right click on it or what it looks like for that matter.
What do you call the monitor in the Expert or Quick workspace - the area in which you are editing your Timeline or Filmstrip content respectively? I refer to that as the Edit area monitor. Hope the following helps you
In the screenshot, target is to select specifically Video 3 image. So, right click the Edit area monitor, and, from the menu select Select and then the image that you want selected. In this case Tulips.jpg. Then edit in the Edit Area monitor as wanted.
OK, thanks for showing me that.
The Preview Window or Canvas area is what I'm accustomed to calling it.The verbiage you used tripped me up. In retrospect it probably shouldn't have.
However you can just left click an item in the Edit area to highlight it on the timeline. Or just click it on the time line. Each choice requires less clicks.
I'm sure I can get used to the workflow but it seems like an over-site on Adobes part to set it up that way. I like to place picture in picture objects with animations quite often. Then I play back the animation to approve of it's looks and/or make corrections. Needing to reselect it every time makes no sense to me. Oh well, it is what it is.
Just in case - my usual designations for these previewing features in Expert workspace Edit area - but always important to verify and clarify - glad for the opportunity to do that...go with what works for you.
What I call Preview Window can be brought up by double clicking the Project Assets thumbnail of the clip or the clip on the Timeline.
Best wishes with your Premiere Elements projects.