Elements 11: Viewing images in folders

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I think this is a bug! Here is what is happening:
1. I select an image from a folder and then go to "full screen" of that image.
2. When I close the full screen, that image is no longer selected...instead I'm returned to the first screen of the folder with no image selected.
3. This doesn't happen when I'm viewing images in the "all media" mode. Then when I select an image and open it in full screen, the image stays selected when I exit full screen.
This is a very frustrating and time consuming problem! Many times when I'm viewing an image in full screen while in a folder, I want to do something else with that image. But I have to find it again after closing full screen...taking time and being a general pain in the a....
Please fix this!
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Tom Blandford

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Pete Green, Customer Advocate

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Which product and version and operating system are you working on Tom?
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Photoshop Elements 11 and Windows 8
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I agree it would be more logical to revert to the original image most of the time. Not always, though, as the full view (F11) is also meant to browse. If you browse and select another image, there is no reason to revert to the original one ; the best logic would be to revert not to the original, but to the last selected file in the F11 view ; I think that's what you want.

That said, if you find it's a 'very frustrating and time consuming' problem, that means you are staying long and doing much work on the files of that folder. The simple and quick workaround is to create and instant (temporary) album from that folder. You never lose the focus on the last viewed picture.

Edit : it's the same in Win 7.
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Thanks Michel,

Yes, reverting to the last selected file in the F11 view is what I want. The second best option would be reverting to the thumbnail most recently selected prior to going into the F11 mode...the way it works in album or all media mode.

I hope the next version of elements has this. I can't think of a logical reason why it doesn't have it now. Yes, I do spend a lot of time looking at images in a folder. Many times I go back and forth between multiple shots taken milliseconds apart trying to analyze which one to use on my website. So after making that decision, I close the F11 mode and have to go through all the images in that folder to find that image all over again.

Thanks for your workaround suggestion. I'd still like to see a permanent fix so that this isn't necessary though.