Elements: Photo editing--no longer satisfactory

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Elements 11 introduced 9 little icons for various adjustments to photos.  Occasionally these may help with editing.  More often they make editing difficult for me.  The slide bars for more fine tuning adjustments move too rapidly compared to Elements 9 and 10.  I like fine tuning my phots which are primarily travel photos needing some shadow softening, contrast adjustment, and then maybe some midtones and/or highlights adjustments, with an occasional hue or saturation adjustment (especially for incandescent lighting).  The slide bars in versions 9 and 10 work well for these adjustments.  The addition of the icons and slide bars that zoom rather than move slowly for fine tuning in versions11 and continued now through version 15 are a nightmare for me and the edited results are poor compared to versions 9 and 10.  Also, any move of the cursor over the icons causes confusion whether the adjustment you have made was made as desired.  I bought 15 only because I bought a new PC with Windows 10.  Supposedly 15 has a better straightening tool--I always have had to use MS Photo Gallery to straighten photos (the prior straightening tool in Elements was unworkable for me).  I have not tried the straightening tool in Elements 15 yet, but I continue to hate the slide bars and icons for adjustments in 11 and 15 that I own.  Supposedly 11 and 15 have better approaches to slide shows (have not tried yet).  I don't see how I can continue to try editing my photos (over 2,000 per year) with Elements 11 or 15.  Guess I have to hope that my PCs with Windows 7 (Dell) and 8.1 (Asus) continue to operate for photo editing with Elements 10 and 9.  If Elements 10 would work on my new Dell with Windows 10  I would add it for editing photos and maybe use 15 for setting up slide shows. 
Adobe went too far with 11 through 15--making the editing process easy for dummies and lazies, but yielding unsatisfactory results for those who are finicky about fine tuning adjustments to get the best results.     
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Elements 11 introduced 9 little icons for various adjustments to photos.
That's in the 'Quick' edit mode for beginners. Advanced users use the 'Expert' mode.

More advanced users use the 'Open in ACR' command to take advantage of the ACR dialog functions.
http://photoshopelementsandmore.com/thread/3154/elements-acr-workflow-non-files
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Thanks--I'll look at these suggestions.
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David,

I understand your feeling of "bad enhancements" with PSE15. I still use PSE7 for some tasks cause by similar changes in Photoshop Elements.

I use PSE Version 9 up to 15 on a Windows 10 system and Versions 4 - 15 on Windows 7. So if you plan to continue your old PSE version you should be able to just install them on your new Windows 10 PC. Please note that two installas are possible simultanously, you may have to uninstall or deactivate PSE on your older PC

Wolfgang
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Thanks--I believe that I can add version 9 without deleting it from the only PC it is on; may have to take version 10 off one of the older PCs. I always get the disk versus download copies of any version in case I have problems after installation. I did read some comments elsewhere about some difficulties in trying to use version 10 in a Windows 10 system.