I am new to Elements, but I have my pictures on my desktop and everytime I click on a picture to look at it to decide if I want to edit it it opens up in RAW editor on elements. Is there a setting I can have to make this stop. Yes I am shooting my photos in RAW but I just want to look at them without using the editor first.
What application do you wish to view your photos in?
Raw files cannot be viewed natively in Windows. I know nothing about Macs, but I doubt whether a native file viewer is available there either. If you or someone else wants to set me straight about that, I'm all ears.
Camera manufacturers usually provide some software to download and view their raw files. Perhaps, that is what you are talking about. If so, in Windows, you can change the file associations for your raw files to open in a particular program.
There are also some third party utilities (some free) that will allow you to view raw files in your OS file browser.