Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Adding Parentheses.

Adding Parentheses

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 14, 2012)

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Normally, you add parentheses around your parenthetical remarks as you type your text. There may be times, however, when you want to add the parentheses at a later time. For instance, while editing your document you may select some text and then want parentheses added around the selected text. The following macro, AddParens, can be used to add the desired parentheses:

Sub AddParens()
    Selection.InsertBefore "("
    Selection.InsertAfter ")"
End Sub

The macro uses the InsertBefore and InsertAfter methods to add the appropriate parenthesis before and after the selected text. To use the macro, assign it to a shortcut key or to a toolbar button. You then select the target text and invoke the macro. The desired parentheses are added to the text.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (479) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Adding Parentheses.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-11-13 23:19:03

Ali Serkan

Hey, i try to use your tip but it couldnt work out for me.

I'm tryin to do this: at the left side of the document i got names and after '1 tab' dialogues..

Andy Hi. How are you?
Sam Thanks.
Ronny Whatz up?

..and wanna turn them into this: (with big capitalisation:


#ANDY# Hi. How are you?
#SAM# Thanks.
#RONNY# Whatz up?

How can i do this? Thanks in advance


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