Parenthetical elements

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If the parenthetical element is part of and ending a sentence, place closing punctuation outside the closing parenthesis.

Example:

Access the Emails dashboard to view additional details on email events (delivery status, timestamp, recipient email address, etc.).

If the parenthetical element is a standalone sentence, do not use the parentheses. They’re unnecessary.

Example:

No: Users can use the Search box on the Contacts List tab to search for a specific contact. (Select the Help link to view helpful search tips.)

Yes: Users can use the Search box on the Contacts List tab to search for a specific contact. Select the Help link to view helpful search tips.

Note: The Microsoft Style Guide doesn’t appear to have a specific rule, but examples throughout also place the period outside the parentheses.

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