You can use the following formula to add parentheses around the text in a specific cell in Excel:

="("&A2&")"

This particular formula adds parentheses around the text in cell **A2**.

For example if cell **A2** contains the name **Andy** then this formula would return **(Andy)** as a result.

**Note**: This formula simply uses the **&** symbol to concatenate parentheses around the existing text in cell **A2**.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

**Example: How to Add Parentheses Around Text in Excel**

Suppose we have the following list of athlete names in Excel:

Suppose we would like to add parentheses around each athlete name.

We can type the following formula into cell **B2** to do so:

="("&A2&")"

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Notice that column B now displays the text in each corresponding cell in column A with parentheses wrapped around it.

Also note that you could use a similar formula to wrap any symbols you’d like around the text.

For example, you could instead type the following formula into cell **B2** to wrap brackets around the text in cell **A2**:

="["&A2&"]"

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

Notice that column B now displays the text in each corresponding cell in column A with brackets wrapped around it.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

Excel: How to Display Negative Numbers in Parentheses

Excel: How to Remove Parentheses from Text

Excel: How to Check if Cell Contains Text from List