Its the little things..
I tried all the material types except one in Beam Definitions to create a 4 ply LVL beam that showed the plys 1.75'' wide instead of 1.5''. The one I didn't try was Plate. It now shows up clean in the cross sections as being 4 plys, 1.75'' x 11.875'' , tight together the way they are supposed to be. Can't take the credit, it was Technical Support who helped. There may be other ways, but this is a winner for me.