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I am an extreme neophyte with QGIS, so I maybe doing this all wrong. I have loaded the OpenLayers plugin as described in several online posts (and youtube video), and it is shown as listed in my plugins as installed (with the X mark). But, as shown in the youtube video, the plugin is not listed under the Plugins menu item, nor are any tools shown.
I am using QGIS Chugiak v2.4.0 on a 64-bit Windows machine.