User advice


This page explains the features and user applications found on this website. There are various ways to navigate between the portal pages, such as using the search function or the main navigation. Informative services are provided that help you find reliable information about health issues.

In addition, several user functions such as “Bookmark” or the user settings under “Display Format” can help you better tailor the information on the portal to your needs.

Many of these practical functions use cookies. If you have disabled cookies, they can be customized in the Privacy Policy.

Bookmark function and Bookmark list

To use this feature, the appropriate cookie must be enabled in the Privacy Policy

The “Bookmark” function can be found in the health information provided by The button for bookmarking an article is located directly below the article header.

The list of all “bookmarked” article pages can be accessed via the navigation point “Bookmark list” in the page header.

The saved articles can also be individually deleted from this same place.

Display format

Font size

To use this function, the relevant cookie must be enabled in the privacy policy.

You can adjust the font size in the meta navigation on the Display format page.

Many people prefer a larger font as they find it easier to read. You can select the setting “Large font” under “Font size”. The text is then displayed in a larger format on all pages of the portal. You can revert the setting to “Standard” at any time.

You can also use your browser to change the font size on our website. We recommend viewing this website in an up-to-date browser version.

In the new versions of Microsoft Edge, you can customize the text display format by selecting “Settings and more” > “Settings” > “Appearance” in the address bar and adapting the text size, text spacing and page design to your personal preferences. Alternatively, you can click “Settings and more” and then select “Zoom”.

In Firefox, you can modify the font size by clicking “Open Application Menu” and using the “Zoom” function to zoom in or out. In Chrome, the same function can be found under “Customize and control Google Chrome” or by pressing the shortcut Ctrl + or Ctrl -.

Color scheme

To use this function, the relevant cookie must be enabled in the privacy policy.

The Display format page can be used to set the color scheme for the entire website to “dark mode”.

The legibility and perception of websites differ from one user to the next. For many, image and text content in dark font on a light background look very clear. However, images on a dark background place less strain on tired or sensitive eyes. In “dark mode”, content is therefore displayed in a light font color on a dark background.


The Federal Ministry of Health is committed to making the website accessible to all. The legal bases for this are the current versions of the German Disabled Persons Equality Act (BGG) and the Regulation on Accessible Information Technology (BITV 2.0).

Further information can be found in the Accessibility statement. If, when visiting the portal, you notice any accessibility barriers that are not listed on this page, please do not hesitate to report them using our feedback form.

Read out loud function

To use this function, the relevant cookie must be enabled in the Privacy Policy.

You can have content on the article pages read out loud with the aid of ReadSpeaker webReader. With just one click, the text on a page is simultaneously read out loud and highlighted so that you can easily follow it – regardless of where you are and what end device you are using. This makes content more accessible and visiting the website an interactive experience. You do not need to download anything to use this function.

The audio player is integrated into most article pages. You can activate or pause the “Read out loud” function by clicking the Play button directly below the heading.

The following are also possible when using ReadSpeaker webReader:

  • Select the text, click Play, and have it read out in the pop-up window that opens.
  • Move the mouse cursor over a paragraph in the text to have this automatically read out loud.
  • Download an audio version of your content so that you can also listen to it offline.
  • Translate a selected text into multiple languages and have the translated text read out.
  • Adjust the reading speed, the text highlighting colors, and many other settings to your personal preferences.
  • Select a word and look up its meaning in the dictionary.
  • The help tool can be found in the toolbar. This provides clear instructions on how to use each of the webReader functions.


Videos that provide brief information in the form of animated films are embedded into many articles. The fully accessible HTML player from Aktion Mensch is used for the videos and subtitles can be displayed on all videos.

Topic specials and scrollytelling format

Web technologies that enable animated images to be played as you scroll down a page are used for topic specials like the 3D page on coronavirus.

This special format is also supplemented by the integration of 360° videos. The video is played by clicking the Play button as usual. However, you can also navigate the video around by 360° with the mouse (on a computer screen) or your finger (on a smartphone).

An up-to-date browser version is required to use these technologies without issue.


To optimally use ReadSpeaker webReader, cookies should be enabled in the Privacy Policy. This saves your personal settings beyond the end of a session.