qgis basics for journalists
QGIS is very simple to navigate. It's made up of a layout area where the map is drawn surrounded by a toolbar, layers panel and a status bar.
Toolbars can be controlled in turned off or on in the Toolbars menu. You can arrange them by clicking and dragging.
It's a good idea to set up your plugins the first time you launch. QGIS comes with several plugins and you find find some really useful third-party plugins to help your workflow. Go to Plugins -> Manage plugins to turn them off or on. I recommend enabling the following: