I am a QGIS newbie trying to work through Lex Berman's QGIS tutorial. I'm stuck in the "join" unit, because I do not see a Vector menu on my menu bar. The screen shots show that there should be a Vector menu after the Help menu and before the Window menu on the menu bar.
Is this a plugin I need to install, or did I install the software improperly? (I've found that I've had to install a couple of plugins myself, things that aren't described outright in the tutorial.)