Elements 14: Bug in dragging images from Photo Bin above active layer in Layers Panel

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I recently upgraded from PSE 11 to PSE 14. There seems to be a bug in PSE 14. When I drag an image from the Photo Bin onto a document, it DOES NOT create a layer above the active layer in the Layers Panel that I selected prior to dragging the image. This is EXTREMELY annoying. When the new image does not land above the active layer in the Layers Panel, I now have to move the layer to the proper location. This is a real annoyance with I wanted to clip the new image to a mask.

I have been told this bug occurred in PSE 13, and it is still in version 14.
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Linda F

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I just upgraded to PSE 14 and notice that same thing. It is very very time consuming to have to drag things to the proper location in the layers panel. Is there a fix?
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Not a bug.
In the tools palette of the move tool, uncheck 'Automatic layer selection'.
Otherwise, the dragged palette lands above the layer shown where your cursor was when you released the mouse.
Both settings are useful to save time.
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Thanks for the quick response, but I just tried that- I unchecked Auto layer selection. Moved a photo up to the layout and it still ended up over a random layer, not the one that I had selected in the layers panel. And that causes another problem- I love the auto layer selection setting. If that is turned off, I have to have to figure out which layer I want to work on by looking at the tiny images (even at their largest setting) in the  layers panel. So much easier to just click right on the layout to select the layer and then drag another image up to the layout where it lands just above the layer I've selected. This worked in PSE 10. I only upgraded to PSE 14 reluctantly when upgrading my Mac operating system would no longer allow PSE 10 to work.  Not sure if I misunderstood your directions?  
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Actually, in re reading your response, you mention that "otherwise the dragged palette lands above the layer shown where cursor was when releasing mouse.  That's exactly what I WANT to happen, as it did in PSE 10, but it isn't anymore, regardless of whether auto layer selection is checked or not. Seems like things are just landing in totally random places. Hope there's a fix and thanks for your time!
Linda F
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Well, that works for me and there has not been a lot of votes about the behaviour you are seeing. Unless it's something specific to Macs, which I  doubt, you should try to reset the Move tool and if that does not work, reset the preferences on next launch (Menu Edit >> preferences).
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Thanks, I'll give that a try.  
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Linda, let me see if I can explain this better. In PSE 14, when you drag an element up from the Photo Bin, wherever you hover your cursor on your layout (work space) and release your mouse, THAT is the layer in the Layers Palette it will land above.

So for example. Let's say you have three layers in your Layer's Palette (1-pic of child, 2-pic of dog, 3-pic of cat). Now, you want to add a pic of flowers, and you want it to land above the dog in the Layer's Palette. So...drag the flowers onto you layout (work space)...place your cursor over the dog in the layout (work space), release your mouse while hovering over the dog pic. Now, the flowers layer should land above the dog in the Layers Palette! Now, you can move the flowers wherever you want on your layout.

TIP: I always have Auto Select Layer unchecked because...I can always select any element on my layout if I Ctrl Click on the element. Holding Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) while clicking on any element in my layout, temporarily turns on Auto Select Layer!
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Thank you Lana,
I think you solved my problem! I tried it a few times and it worked. Also, I never knew that I could use Command Click to auto select a layer. I'm so happy to have found this site! Have a great day.
Linda
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Linda, what do you use PSE 14 for...editing photos, scrapbooking?
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Linda F

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Hi Again Lana,
I use it mostly for scrapbooking but also do a lot of photo edits with it. The files I usually work on in the editor are for scrapbooking so have lots of layers, makes it annoying when the layer doesn't land in the right place. Your trick worked though so thanks! 
Linda
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Linda, I am a digital scrapper, myself! If you want to learn how to use PSE 14 with digital scrapbooking, check out: digitalscrapper.com

I have been a member there since 2007 and Forum Moderator for couple years. Just dropped that job this week due to other obligations. But, LOL, this is how I knew the answer to your question! Linda Sattgast is the owner, and she is one of Adobe's official Photoshop experts!

My screen name at digitalscrapper.com is landorasue. Look me up!
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Hi Lana, I started digital scrapbooking in 2007 and have followed Linda Sattgeist for years. She has great classes! I have signed up for a few but will admit that I rarely have time to finish them. I make a 12 x 12 book every year with my layouts that I upload to Shutterfly. I feel like I spend so much time on my layouts that I just can't afford any more free time to play and learn new things. One day, I will be "caught up" and can just focus on learning new things.......Don't we all say that? Anyway, thanks so much for the help and I will look for you in the forums! 
Linda