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I checked these question/answers already, but they did not address my issue:

I am on a Windows 10 sytem, 64 bit. I installed QGIS 2.18 (also 2.14 and 2.16 to try to resolve the issue). The GRASS plugin is simply NOT THERE. So, when I go into the program files of QGIS 2.18 and look in the apps folder it says GRASS 7.2.0 is installed. For QGIS 2.16 the apps folder has GRASS 7.0.4. Finally, the QGIS 2.14 has GRASS 7.0.4.

I search for GRASS in the plugin console and it's missing! What am I doing wrong? enter image description here

I am not a developer, so I cannot troubleshoot at the code level...

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    GRASS is a processing feature it is in the 'Processing Toolbox' docs.qgis.org/2.0/en/_images/toolbox_advanced.png When QGIS is installed it is already there. – Mapperz Feb 10 '17 at 16:37
  • Hello Mapperz, if I understand you correctly, you mean that the plugin is no longer required in the later versions of QGIS? – Nina Ivlenkov Feb 10 '17 at 16:38
  • That is correct both GDAL and GRASS are part of the package now – Mapperz Feb 10 '17 at 16:39
  • Many thanks! This simple question was impossible to find an answer to online. I suspected it, but needed confirmation. Furthermore, it's really difficult to ascertain how to use GRASS now since most of the material refers to this plugin... A new user will certainly get confused... – Nina Ivlenkov Feb 10 '17 at 16:40
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    Hi, the solution above may be incorrect. It seems that I can access the GRASS plugin now, as long as I select the QGIS Desktop 2.18.3 with GRASS 7.2.0 from my Windows 10 search bar. Previously, I was selecting only: "QGIS Desktop 2.18.3". It made all the difference. – Nina Ivlenkov Feb 13 '17 at 11:13
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The GRASS plugin is available when you open QGIS Desktop with GRASS instead of QGIS Desktop.From the plugin then you can access GRASS.

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