I've downloaded and installed the camera raw plugin for elements 2023, but when I try to open a raw file I get a box saying I need the plug in
In the help menu there is an "about camera raw" option but that's all
Photos were taken on a Canon R6 Mark II
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no problem (adobe's website and forums are, to be polite, "difficult" to navigate).
Your newish camera requires ACR 15. Elements 2023 only downloads ACR 14.x. However, there is a workaround that you can find in this link. (This link is to the Archive.org website and it may take a little while for the page to load.)
Follow, the directions in the link precisely and you can install the latest version of ACR 15.x into Elements 2023.
It sounds like the original Camera Raw download from Elements was unsuccessful. You may want to try to Install Camera Raw from the Elements Help menu again. If the file folder still doesn't appear, you can create it yourself and copy the Camera Raw.8bi file from the CC folder to the following (created) path:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Elements 21\File Formats
Added: Obviously, this is for a Windows installation.
Are you on a Mac?