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I am trying to typeset a Latex document in LyX. My equation references are showing up as "Eq. 1 blah blah". I would like for them to have parentheses around the numbers, i.e. show up as "Eq. (1) blah blah". Additionally, I would like this to be only for equations, i.e. I want to continue having "Fig. 1 blah blah", not "Fig. (1) blah blah".

It seems that there is a similar question that has been asked, but that person wanted parentheses around all references, as clarified by the first comment in the question.

How can I do this for just equations only? Ideally some kind of preamble addition that only parenthesizes the equations while not touching any of the other references (Figs, Tables, etc.)

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When you add the cross-reference, set (<reference>) as the Format:

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For existing cross-references, right click the cross-reference and select the same format:

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