I found the following information on the documentation pages. But when I log into my wordpress site, all I get is the "Dashboard" - the orange one. I don't have any navigation panel. There is no link back to the dashboard in the top dark panel. There are however, the links to your profile (shown as your user name), Log Out, Help, and the Forums.
Can somebody tell me what's missing in my files?
The Administration Panels provide access to the control features of your WordPress installation. The top portion of all Panels features three sections: The first section, in dark shading, shows links to the Dashboard, your profile (shown as your user name), Log Out, Help, and the Forums. A second section shows the name of your blog, and a link to your blog's main page labeled "Visit Site". A third section contains the menu tabs (and sub-tabs) for each of the administrative functions you can perform.