In some situations, like in accounting report or some other reports, we need to add brackets around negative numbers, for example change number format -500 to (-500) or (500). This article will introduce you a quick way to **add brackets for negative numbers**.

**Precondition:**

Prepare a table contains some negative numbers.

**Method: Display Negative Numbers in Brackets**

**Step 1:** Select the list contains negative numbers, then right click to load menu. Click **Format Cells** on menu.

**Step 2:** On **Format Cells**, under **Number** tab, click **Number **in** Category **list, then in **Negative numbers **list, select number with brackets. Then click **OK** to confirm update.

Verify that negative numbers are added with brackets.

If you want to keep number without decimal digits, just reduce decimal places.

**Step 3:** If you want to keep minus before number, you can select **Custom** in **Category** list, then select or enter **#,##0_);(-#,##0)** in **Type** field. Then click **OK**.

Verify that negative numbers are added with brackets properly, and minus are kept for all numbers.

If there are decimal digits, you can enter **#,##0.00_);(-#,##0.00)** in **Type**.

Then numbers are displayed with two decimal digits.