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1. Right menu

The right menu is different for registered and unregistered users.

  • My EUR-Lex contains links to the saved searches and items for registered and unregistered users. If you are a registered user, you will also see a link to Preferences.
  • RSS feeds is a link to the list of predefined RSS feeds that you can subscribe to.
  • With Webservice registration, you can register to retrieve data from the EUR-Lex database without the need to use the different search forms on the website. Read more on the use of webservices.
  • Under Online tutorials, you can find videos and presentations with useful information about the features offered on the website.
  • Statistics shows a page with information on the general usage of the website and on EU law.
  • We'd like to hear from you links to the survey page, where you can give feedback about the different features of the website.

2. Left menu

The left menu is contextual and fully expanded by default. If you navigate, for example, to the Treaties page, the left menu of the EU law and related documents collection will appear because Treaties are part of the collection "EU law and related documents".

On the homepage, the left menu offers access to the current issues of the Official Journal, to pages about EU law and to links to external databases and other relevant sites. If a country or countries are planning to join the EU, a link to a page dedicated to EU enlargement will also appear. Read more about the enlargement page.

On some pages of EUR-Lex, such as the advanced search forms, the left menu is not displayed. When you consult a search result, for example, the left menu is hidden. Instead you see search "facets" with which you can refine your search results. Read more about refining your search.

Use the arrows expand menu and collapse menu to expand or collapse menus.

3. Homepage widgets

The homepage displays a range of widgets, while the homepage for registered users contains a further one with suggested items based on previous searches (the 'See also' widget).

*If you are logged in as a registered user, any changes you make will be saved in your preferences. If you are not registered, your changes will stay saved in a user cookie even after you have closed your browser.

3.1. 'Find result by' widget

This lets you search for documents by either document or CELEX number.

3.2. 'Recently published' widget

The 'Recently published' widget and its 7 tabs provide access to recently published items from particular collections.

  • To access an item, click on the blue document title.
  • To go to the page for the collection to which the item belongs, click on 'More'.

3.3. 'See also' widget

This is available only if you're logged in to My EUR-Lex .

It contains items based on your previous searches. To access an item, click on the blue document title.

3.4. Hide a widget

  • Click on the 'minimize' icon minimize icon
  • Click on maximize icon to re display the content of the widget.

This functionality is available only if JavaScript is enabled in your browser.

3.5. Customise the number of elements in a widget

There are 2 steps:

  1. Click on configuration icon  to configure the number of items displayed for each tab.
  2. Select 5, 10 or 20 in the drop-down menu 'Number of displayed items'. The tab is refreshed and is now customised to contain up to the number of elements you have selected.

These instructions apply to all widgets.

If JavaScript is not enabled in your browser, the drop-down menu to select the number of elements is displayed by default and after your choice. Click on the 'Update' button to refresh the display.

3.6. Customise the order of the widgets

You can change the order in which the widgets appear on the homepage. To do this:

  • Click on a widget header and drag it to a new position.
  • You can move it up or down until it swaps places with another widget.