Windows 7 has been accused of mixing things up and making them hard to find. You will like Windows 7 a lot better if you learn to use the dynamic search features. Here’s a screen shot of my menu where I searched for “printer”.
Once you enter text into the search box at the bottom, the menu changes to show you the items that relate to that text. In this example, “printer” shows me the related items in the Control Panel, Documents, Files, and even my emails.
If you see the specific item you are looking for right on the menu – just click it. If you don’t see what you are looking for, but know that you are looking for a Document, you can click on the header “Documents” and it will open a window showing all the documents found (2559 in this case). Same goes for any of the other category headers.
Save yourself some frustration and use the search box on the Windows 7 Start Menu.