Display pattern questions

I would like to be able to set up a display patter that will add some asterisks or some other characters on each side of what ever a user enters in a field in order to flag the text. Is that possible? or is there a better way to do this than using display patters. I check the Designer help but could find much to answer my question.

Amanda,
Try to put a single quote around the parenthesis like this:
'('$ZZ,ZZ9.99')' for your display pattern.

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