This setting is not a Premiere Elements feature.
Have to agree that is annoying.
I will pass this on the Elements team.
With the greatest of respect to Adobe and the Premiere Elements team, am I the first person to have asked about this problematic feature?
Over the years I've been using Premiere Elements for my professional work -- it's does everything I need and it's a breeze to use. But I can also tell you that, over the years (from version 10 onwards) I've probably lost days if not weeks of time constantly re-opening adjustment panels that snap shut in the middle of an edit.
By now everyone knows about the competition in the video editing software market.
How can Adobe (bless them) not fix such a blatant disregard for value of the user's time?
How can I bill a client by the hour, when so much time is spent wrestling with the software?
Forget about the moral obligation to fix this problem.
It's also bad business.
If nobody complains to Adobe then Adobe wont do anything about it.
Actually, a number of people expressed concern when Adobe first tweaked the interface way back in version 7.
But as Ann says, simply asking rhetorical questions on this forum won't make it happen. You need to contact Adobe.
Do they let themselves be contacted for consumer software issues and suggestions?
If you have a link, please post it here.
And thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
I'd like to stay with the software, but it's very hard to do so
given the software's behavior.
Yes contact Adobe!
But that wont work for Elements, it does not supply a bug or feature request form like for the other Adobe software.
Have complained about that: nothing happens.