Go to File>New>Blank file in the Editor (or press Ctrl+N).
In the Document Type, set International Paper from the dropdown menu. You can then select A4 under the Size dropdown:
Thanks Greg. When I do as you said, the box where one sets the size etc comes onto the screen briefly, then disappears.
The aged care place I have just moved into has ludicrously slow wifi (like 3.8 download). Would this explain the disappearance, and all sorts of other weird things that are happening? (I have an HP all in one 24"Athlon).
my old computer that finally died was running XP, and I am finding Windows10 a nightmare.to work out. Everything is so different, and if the wifi speed is the problem and making things malfunction all the time I'll never be able to work out how to drive the bloody thing. Someone has suggested that I get a modem and that should up the speed. I used to happily use Photoshop and inDesign on my old computer, but wifi vs modems and all that connectivity stuff is beyond my 83 yr old brain.
(I'm in Australia).
Sorry for this pathetic appeal for help, but I feel like I'm on a desert island, and you are the first ship to pass, and I'm waving like hell!
When I do as you said, the box where one sets the size etc comes onto the screen briefly, then disappears.
I can't imagine how a slow wi-fi or internet connection would have any effect on that. It may be the sensitivity of your mouse or keyboard. So, before I make any suggestions, please confirm whether you have a wireless mouse or keyboard.
Also, I gave two ways to bring up the new file dialog (via the File menu and the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N). Have you tried both ways?
Sounds like you have been going through a lot of changes in your life. Don't worry, we will do our best to at least fix your computer problems. 🤞 You can stop waving your hands. We see you and will make a landing every day.
I tried both. When I tried ctrl n the box came up OK, but when I clicked on it nothing happened.
Both keyboard and mouse plug into the back of the computer.
As Greg says, but chose RGB mode if you intend to add color photos to the A4 document – see image below.
I should have asked you what version of Elements you are using, and also whether you are on Windows or a Mac.
In the meantime, try resetting the preferences file. Go to Edit>Preferences>General tab and click the Reset Preferences on next launch button. Then close the program and relaunch it, and try the new file dialog again.
If you downloaded from Adobe within the past month or so, you have Elements 2020. Are you saying that Windows froze or Elements did? If it was Elements, are you able to get to the Welcome Screen?
Good luck with the move. Come back whenever you are ready. We'll keep the light on for you. :sun_with_face: