I am unclear, when you refer to "layers." Do you mean Assets/Clips on various Video Tracks?
As for what one sees in the Program Monitor, it will be the Clip on the upper-most Video Track, unless one Scales/Positons it to "peek around it," or the "punch a hole in it," as they could with Track Matte Keying.
I am not quite sure what you are describing here. Can you post a screen-cap of your PrPro Timeline, and point out what you want to do?
Video layer 3 contains text with an alpha layer.
Video layer 2 contains an animated graphic in an AVI to highlight the text
Video layer 1 is a solid image
The regular issue is that when i want to click on layer 2 I have to move layer three out of the way (the whole image is larger than the display screen. Thus i have to move layer three (the text) off to the side to get to layer 2. then reposition layer 3. this seems very cludgy. I cannot find how to do the selection as Iu use to do in Pr Elements 8. In Pr E 8 i clicked on the program window and a window opened with all the layers listed and i could click on one to edit it.
The perculiar problem I am having at the moment is that i cannot click on layer 3 at all. I have zoomed out in hopes of finding the overall edges of the layer so i might click on it and move it, to no avail. I have rebooted Pr several times. Help.
Click on layer 2 in the timeline to select.
Go to the Effects Controle and click on the word Motion.
Motion is now highlighted
The bounding box of your layer 2 is visible in the Program Monitor ready to be manipulated.