I can't open a RAW photo in Elements 14, 15 or CC by clicking on the photo.

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I can't open a RAW photo in Elements 14, 15 or CC by clicking on the photo. It won't let me highlight it to open. I have an IMAC with Sierra.
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Candice Shaver Penna

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Each camera model comes with its own, unique raw format. Which is your camera make and model?
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1030798

If you have a very recent camera, the format may not be available right now.
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Candice,  

There is no plugin for camera RAW conversion in Elements.  You may need to go to a full Photoshop 6 or better which will convert camera RAW to TIFF to keep all of its properties intact.  Nikon's digital RAW file are called NEF.  Canon is CR2.  Photoshop 6 or better will convert these as there is a plugin for Photoshop but not for Elements.  In the camera even though the RAW is supposed to be completely RAW it is not.  The camera manufacturers make them 16 bit files which is compressed.  Your Photoshop converter will ask if you want to change to 8 bit files.  Say YES to that.  Printers will NOT print a compressed camera file in 16 bit.  The printer will only print an uncompressed 8 bit photo file.  Find a nice old Photoshop 6 and use that.  I do.  It's a nice program among my 14 other Photoshop programs.  As for a converter download for Elements, good luck.  Sometimes they won't integrate with Photoshop Elements as a waste of time to fix it.  Use the full Photoshop.  I know it's pricey but that's the real world with digital cams.  This is why we professional photographers  prefer film.  Digital cams don't have a good white balance, Florescent lighting is not the same as it was with faster film, we can't "push" the film, and it goes on and on and on.  Still, I have 5 cams and 3 of them are digital.  I still use my trusty old Canon AE1 from 1971.  I guess that tells how old I am.   <mcse responding>   
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Sorry Steve,
Elements has its own ACR plugin:
Please take the time to read the link in my previous post.
The plugin is 'lighter' than the full ACR one, but it gives anything you need; what is missing is covered by the normal editor functions.
https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-differences-photoshop-photoshop.html
To be precise, the latest Elements version, V15 is shipped with ACR 9.5; the menu Help >> Update lets you update to 9.8 and probably in the next days, to 9.9.

I am not a professional photographer, but I have been shooting and working in darkroom from... 1958.
The advent of digital was a revolution for me (1999), precisely to master the subtelities in lighing, and I don't regret anything from the silver age.
On the other hand, as an ACP in Adobe forums, I have free access to the CC plan; I can tell you that for my own needs Elements has anything I need; I don't need to use Photoshop or Lightroom.
A final note:
I also process 95% of my files, not only raws but perhaps 15% of jpegs in ACR.
The process  and its huge advantages is described in this discussion:
https://forums.adobe.com/inbox

Also, I recommend that Elements users first look at that Elements user forum before posting it for bug reports, feature requests.
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You are arguing?  wow.  Your 15 may have it but 3 computers with PSE14 do not.  If it does, it does not work. Mine personally would NOT convert CR2 files from a Canon D5 camera.  I know what this customer is going through.  But then, that's why I have all of the Photoshops except for 15.  See ya.  Go argue with Jeff ok.   
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Steve,
I hate arguing.
Forget what I said personally and please discuss the contents of the Adobe links. That's what the original poster needs.