You don't have to navigate long paths to, for example, open or close an internet connection, or to silence your phone. You can access these settings directly in the status menu, no matter what application or view you're in.
Swipe down from the notification area.
In the status menu, you can do the following:
View notifications of missed calls or unread messages
Silence your phone
Modify the connectivity settings
View available Wi-Fi connections, and connect to a Wi-Fi network
Manage Bluetooth connections
When listening to music, you can quickly access the music player from the status area.