Set a desktop icon from this path (Windows 10):
Windows (C)>Program Files (x86)>Adobe>Photoshop Elements
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Great question in my opinion because I "suffered" from the same thing. Now, although I really know my way around Windows I have to be honest: it was @Greg_S. who pointed my attention to this possibility (in a problem thread of my own) and that set things in motion for me. It's actually a lot easier than it seems at first, but... I always go with "credit where credit's due".
The shortcut(s) which got placed in your start menu point to the welcome screen. However, there are also executables installed which fire up the program(s) directly. Open explorer (or any other file manager) and then go to the Adobe program folder. So in my case: c:\program files\Adobe. There you'll find a folder called "Photoshop Elements 2021", don't let the icon fool you! In that folder you'll find an executable called "PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe", start it and you got just what you're looking for.
Now you can attach this to your taskbar, but honestly... I prefer a more elegant solution:
This will add the new shortcut to your start menu, but without interfering with the "system menu". In short: your start menu is divided into 2 sections: one which applies to the whole system and one which is personal. Using this method you'll add the shortcut to your own personal start menu.
Now, the reason you might want to do this is because this also allows you to attach this shortcut to your start menu. Here's an example of how things look at my end:
As you can see I didn't settle for just one shortcut, I attached the Organizer to my start menu because I really came to appreciate this and I use it all the time, but I also removed the official shortcuts and replaced them with my own (you can use the same method I mentioned above, the main difference is that you also need to create a folder of your own in that start menu location).
So this is how you can fire up all parts of the Elements suite without having to bother with the welcome screen (and if you really miss it then don't forget that both Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements have an icon to open it).
Hope this could help!
As @ShelLuser indicated, you can also pin a shortcut to the task bar. To do this, open either the program and right-click on the taskbar icon. You will then have the option to pin the icon to the taskbar. This will work for both the Editor and the Organizer. Make sure you don't select the taskbar icon for the Welcome Screen.
You can also right-click on the exe file and select Send to>Desktop (Create shortcut) instead of click and dragging to the desktop.
It's all a matter of personal preference.
Just to expand on hatstead's reply...
You can create shortcuts on your desktop that will let you directly startup the Organizer or Editor without using the Home screen...
IF you're using a Windows PC and you've installed PSE2021 in the default location - do this...
To make a separate desktop shortcut for the Organizer.
To make a separate desktop shortcut for the Editor.
One of the really useful things that you can use these shortcuts for is Drag and Drop editing or importing. You can drag one or more image files and drop them on the Editor shortcut and they will open in the Editor. Or, you can drag one or more image files and drop them on the Organizer shortcut and they will be imported into the organizer. I frequently use the drag and drop for the Editor - it's really useful for me. When you save your edit, you can choose whether or not to include the edit in the Organizer.
Thank you, everyone, for responding to my issue. I've tried a few without success, but that's probably due to the fact my right button doesn't function like a right-click. I'll research Unimouse Contour to find the fix [insert eyeroll emogi].
Again, I appreciate all of you taking the time to help me out, and will let you know how I'm doing.
Lorraine in Pompano Beach, FL
On the Mac side, I just opened the package labeled "Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021" (right click), navigated to the editor in the package folder, made an alias of the editior which I put on my desktop for easy access. Now when I click on the alias, it opens the editor directly without the splash screen = just what I wanted.