() | Parenthesis Symbols (Meaning, How To Type, & More)

Parenthesis symbols are text symbols that are used in writing to distinguish an injected explanatory or qualifying remark, to signify separate groups of symbols in mathematics and symbolic logic, and so on.

Continue reading for more details on this symbol.

Copy Parenthesis Brackets Text Symbol

These text Symbols can be copied and pasted wherever you need them. Using the buttons above, you can copy all of the symbols, or you can select and copy a specific symbol from the list below.

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You can then paste it anywhere by pressing Ctrl and V on your keyboard once it has been copied.

Parenthesis Symbols Information Table

There is some helpful information about these Parenthesis text Symbols in the table below.

SYMBOL
DESCRIPTIONLEFT PARENTHESISRIGHT PARENTHESIS
Keyboard ShortcutShift + 9Shift + 0
ALT CODE SHORTCUTAlt + 40Alt + 41
UNICODEU+00028U+00029
HTML CODE()
HTML ENTITY()
HEX CODE()
CSS CODE\0028\0029

To the best of our ability, the above table has presented useful information about these text Symbols, including the keyboard shortcuts, Unicode, and HTML codes, as well.

Continue reading to gain a better understanding of how to get these symbols.

How to Get the Parenthesis Sign

Although there are no dedicated keys for these symbols on the keyboard, you can still obtain them by using the keyboard.

You can also insert them in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Google Docs if you’re using one of the Microsoft Office or Google apps.

Below you’ll find several methods for accessing these symbols, including keyboard shortcuts and methods utilizing MS Office and Google Docs’ built-in navigation systems.

We will demonstrate the various methods on how to insert or type these symbols using the Right Parenthesis Brackets symbol. However, the same method can apply to both symbols.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

The symbols for Parenthesis Alt Codes (Keyboard Shortcut)

DESCRIPTIONSYMBOLALT CODE SHORTCUT
LEFT PARENTHESISAlt + 40
RIGHT PARENTHESISAlt + 41

Note: This Alt Code shortcut works for Windows only.

This Alt code method can be used to type these symbols by holding down the Alt key while typing the Alt code (41 for Right Parenthesis symbol) using the separate numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.

Below is a detailed step-by-step guide you may use to type these symbols on your keyboard.

  • Open your Microsoft Word document where you need to type these symbols.
  • Click to place your cursor in the document where you need to type these symbols.
  • On the keyboard, press down the Alt key with one hand.
  • As you hold down the Alt key, enter the symbol Alt Code (see above table).
  • Now release the Alt key.

After you release the Alt key, the symbol will immediately appear exactly where you place the cursor.

Insert Parenthesis Symbols in Word/Excel/PowerPoint

You can quickly insert these Symbols in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint by using this simple mouse navigation.

The steps below will show you how to insert the Parenthesis Symbols in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  • Open your Word or Excel, or PowerPoint document.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
MS Word Insert Tab
  • On the far-right section, you’ll see the Symbols group. Select Symbol > More Symbols.
MS Word Insert More Symbols

The Symbol window will appear as below.

Microsoft Word Symbol Window

These symbols can be found in this window. To find it quickly, change the font to Normal Text then type the Unicode ‘0028 for ( and 0029 for )’ in the Character code: box. The Parenthesis sign will be selected as soon as you type the code.

  • Insert it into your Word document by clicking the Insert button.
  • Close the Symbol dialog.

These are the steps for inserting these Symbols and any other symbol in Microsoft Word or other Office apps on both Windows and Mac OS.

Parenthesis Symbols In Google Docs

Google Docs is also another text editor where users may struggle to type or insert the Parenthesis sign.

Meanwhile, Google Docs has one of the simplest methods for inserting symbols that are not found on the keyboard.

To get the Parenthesis Symbols in Google Docs:

  • Launch Google Docs and position your cursor where the symbol is going to be inserted.
  • Go to Insert > Special Characters.
Go to Insert > Special Characters in Google Docs

The Insert special characters window will appear, which includes a search bar and a drawing pad.

  • Using the Search bar, search for Parenthesis. Then, in the search results, double-click on the text Symbol to insert it into Google Docs.
  • You can also draw the Symbol using the drawing pad just below the search bar. If Google Docs recognizes the drawing, it will display the symbol and similar signs in the results box. Then double-click the symbol to insert it.

These are the steps to insert this and any other symbol into Google Docs.

Parenthesis Symbols on The Character Map (Windows)

In Windows, the Character Map is a tool that can be used to view characters in any installed font, determine what keyboard input (or Alt code) is used to type those characters, and copy characters to the clipboard instead of typing them with your keyboard.

This section will demonstrate how to use the Character Map tools to easily copy and paste these symbols.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

  • Search for Character Map in the Windows Start menu.
Searching for the Character Map in Windows
  • You should see the character Map appear in the search results. Click on it to launch it.
  • When it’s open, go to the bottom left corner of the window and click to expand the Advance view options.
Character Map Advanced View
  • To easily locate these symbols on the Character Map, search for the symbol name (Parenthesis) in the search box.

The symbol will be displayed for you to copy.

  • To copy these symbols, double-click it, and it will be selected in the Characters to copy box. Then, finally, click the Copy button to copy it to your clipboard.
  • Place your cursor where you want the symbol and press Ctrl + V to paste it.

And there you have it.

These are the steps you can take to copy and paste these Symbols or other symbols on your Windows PC.

Adding Parenthesis in HTML/CSS

DESCRIPTIONSYMBOLHTML CODECSS CODE
LEFT PARENTHESIS(\0028
RIGHT PARENTHESIS)\0029

Symbols like the Parenthesis that are not found on your keyboard can also be added in HTML using entities.

HTML entities are used to display invisible and reserved characters that would otherwise be read as HTML code. It’s in the form of a string of text that starts with an ampersand (&) and ends with a semicolon (;).

To add the Right Parenthesis symbols to an HTML page, you can use its entity name or number (decimal or hexadecimal reference) as shown in the example below:

// html example
<span>&#41;</span>

To display the Right White Parenthesis from CSS, you can use a CSS shortcode or CSS entity as shown in the example below:

// css example
span {
  content: "\0029";
}

Conclusion

Most people have difficulty typing or inserting these symbols. So, we’ve broken down the various methods and steps required to type or get them into your documents.

And as you can see above, we’ve attempted to cover as much information about these Parenthesis text Symbols as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to go through this blog.

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