You are in Sceneline mode. Click the tab at the top of the My Project panel to switch over to the more traditional Timeline mode.
There are three ways to split clips.
1) You can click on the scissors icon along the bottom of the Monitor panel to slice through the clip or clips at the position of the CTI on the timeline.
2) You can press Ctrl+k to slice through the clips at the position of the CTI.
3) You can press the C key to switch to Razor mode and slice clips on the timeline. The V key will return your cursor to Selection mode.
Since it's been a while since you've worked with a current version of the program, you may want to check out my free Basic Training tutorials at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com.
And if you're really looking for in depth step by step instruction, you might want to check out my books, available on Amazon.com and at Muvipix.
thanks for your reply, that has cleared it up for me.
The scissors tool was not working for me as it creates a full dupicate of the clip with the start point for the new clip at the cut line. This was not helpful as I needed the timeline to remain intact after I made the cut for synch purposes. (I am doing music videos where our band plays along with a recorded version of a song which then becomes the synch mechanism.)
Answers 2. and 3. helped me out as they worked like the razor tool that I was used to. ie: when I made the cut at the end of the first chorus, for example, the second clip that was thus created took off at the end of the first chorus, meaning I only had to synch each clip once.
I will definately check out your onlline tutorials. Do you have any suggestions for a book specialising in shooting music clips in the way I have described? It is a very common practice for bands to shoot clips this way so I imagine many people have travelled these roads before me.
Thanks again for your time and help,
All the best to you,