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How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

Date:2020-1-14 Author:Cordelia

To satisfy certain requirements, you may need to insert some curly braces into Word document or Excel spreadsheet. But in addition to regular curly braces, sometimes the curly braces with customized size that can contain several lines of text are also needed. In this post, I’ll introduce 4 commonly used methods to insert both regular and customized curly braces. The screeenshots are based on Word, but the steps are almost the same in Excel.

1. Keyboard Input

For regular curly braces, you can find the corresponding keys on the keyboard. Just hit the right key while pressing and holding [Shift], and the curly braces will be entered immediately.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

2. Insert Equation

Go to Insert tab, click Equation in Symbols section.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

You will be guided to Design (Equation Tools) tab then. Click Bracket to expand the drop-down menu. Here you can find all kinds of brackets, just select the curly braces (or single curly brace) to insert it.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

3. Insert Shapes

Switch to Insert tab and choose Shapes. You can find the curly braces under Basic Shapes. It’s ok if you only want the left bracket or right bracket of it, just choose the corresponding bracket.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

The brackets inserted in this way can be customized as you like. Drag the border to adjust its size, direction and location till you are happy with the result. Moreover, you can even change its color and effect.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

4. Microsoft Equation 3.0

Go to Insert tab and choose Object > Object…

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and ExcelHow to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

Select Microsoft Equation 3.0 in the list of Object type under the Create New tab. Click OK to implement it.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

Then the Microsoft Equation tool will pop out. Click the bracket icon on the bottom-left corner to expand the menu, and select the curly braces in the list. It will be inserted to your document immediately.

How to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and ExcelHow to Insert Curly Braces in Microsoft Word and Excel

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