Have you tried re-installing?
How did you trash preferences?
Thanks for the quick response.
Trashing preferences is just dragging the preference file (com.Adobe.Premiere Elements.14.0.plist) to the trash. There were other Adobe preferences but I left them alone.
I suppose I could reinstall but I just have this feeling that the problem is innate to the program because off similar posts by others. Just curious what exactly causes the titles menu at the bottom to show one day but not the next . None of the other menus down there have ever been effected.
May I know the MAC OS that you are using?
Meanwhile you can try switching to Quick /Expert Mode and check whether you are getting the 'Titles & Text' or not.
Right now I'm using 10.11.4 (El Capitan)
I think I have sort of solved my problem, but am not sure. When I tried to open this particular project again I got the message that it was not compatible with my particular application (PE14 - the one I had been creating it on). I was able to same some of what I did by opening one of the early auto-save files and did not use the motion title from the text menu at the top. Another person in the forum mentioned a similar problem and blamed it on the motion title. I was able to finish my project using all default text but nevertheless the "titles and text" menu under the timeline continued to remain frozen in expert as well as quick modes.
I believe this was my fault however. I am taking a video editing course and had to submit a project using key frames in various situations. I got a brilliant (?) idea to combine an animated gif file of an easter bunny with position keys and got into a mess with that - gifs are obviously not welcome in PE. But I did make use it it in the opening and that with my motion title just caused the crash, so it seems. A staid, unadventurous pool instruction video I film as well as edit continues smoothly with PE14 causing no hiccups. This is my guess anyway.