Editor busy error message

I just started using Elements 9, but have only been able to edit a couple of photos due to an error message that keeps popping up when I open a new project. I open the photo, go to edit, then this message comes up:
" ! Command could not be completed because the editor was busy. Please finish the current operation and try again."
I go to the "file" to save, at this point, but there is not even a save option in the drop down. I am completely frustrated at this point and have spent HOURS trying to find help. I have the missing manual, but it does not address this problem ) :
I don't even know what project needs to be saved at this point....
All I want to do is start creating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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