Circle Cropping Question - need everything outside the circle to delete - not inside the circle

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FRUSTRATED!!! I have a deadline and my old computer I typically use for Photoshop editing is DEAD! So, I go to my laptop and download a free trial version and what I need to do won't work! I just need to crop a photo, using a circle, which will "CROP" everything OUTSIDE of the circle! Elements isn't doing it for me either! Ugh! Which one should I be using????? I'll buy it again - not a problem....I just didn't want to waist my money in case it was the right version...which apparently the FREE version I downloaded isn't....Anyone out there who can help me? PLEASE????
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I'm assuming you're using Photoshop CS5:

If your image is a background layer, choose Layer>New Layer From Background
Make a circular selection
Choose Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection
Choose Image>Trim and click the [OK] button
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Hi Jeffrey - On my old computer, I could access the layer drop down menus and find layering info easily. With this free version, I'm quite lost....

I can't even find any drop down menus - from the top of the window.
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There are two ways it's asking me to work on my photos - one is from the adobe website which popped up after I downloaded the free trial. The other I can access via an icon on my desktop - this is Elements which offers some drop down menus....let me try this...
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The same steps will work for Photoshop Elements 10 except the last one. Instead, you'll have to use the Crop tool to trim the document down to the size of the circle.
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Nope - didn't work
still need help....still frustrated!
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JEFF!!!! A HUGE, GIGANTIC HUG - JUST FOR YOU!!!! THANKS!!!! This was helpful in a round about way..... Baring all here.... In my previous version, the editing icon found on the toolbar had a little black square which allowed you to click and choose from a selection of editing options, square, circle, etc. This version DOES NOT have this black box. Oddly, for some reason, after reviewing the link, I right clicked over the crop box found on the tool bar and the choice for the circle came up! OMG! Soooo easy --- wish I'd thought of it sooner.

Hope this stupidity helps somebody else out there! ;)

Have a great weekend and THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Jeff for helping to stear me to the right direction!