Elite Dangerous is a very hard game to get into, especially for beginners. The designers deliberately do not hold a player's hands.
There are lots of guides around the internet to help new players, not least those from the developers. This page will hold links to a few of them.
Getting Started Edit
The first video is a third party video but covers pretty much everything a new player requires.
General Gameplay Edit
The Pilot Tutorials are the official training videos made by Frontier Developments.
How to fly together with friends.
How to pledge to the Galactic Powers, and work for them.
CQC / Arena Edit
Close Quarter Combat Arena. A multi-player combat game, separate from the main game.
Elite Dangerous Horizons Edit
Horizons is a season of DLC updates adding planetary landings and other content.
Player Roles Edit
There are lots of roles that a player can take on. Here are guides specifically for each of them.
Trading is one of the first activities a new player can get into and has the potential to excel at. However it is not so easy to find good trade routes.
Combat between ships is a huge part of this game, but something that a beginner is advised to try to avoid if possible. Sometimes you cannot avoid it, and you'll need some tips.
This type of role brings combat skills to the fore and to try to force other ships to give up their cargo. Not recommended for beginners.
Bounty Hunting Edit
This type of role brings combat skills to the fore and to seek out wanted ships with bounties to claim upon their destruction. Not recommended for beginners.
Equipping your ship with a Discovery Scanner can enable your ship to fly out and find undiscovered stars, systems and planets, and bring back this information for a cash reward.