Ducky Instructions

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Full Keyboard Backlight

Use the following commands to customize the backlight for the whole keyboard.

Fn + F10Toggle between the following modes: Full BacklightBreathing ModeRaindrop ModeReactive ModeRipple ModeBacklight Off.
Fn + ↑Increase brightness.
Fn + ↓Decrease brightness.
Fn + ←Increase speed.
Fn + →Decrease speed.
Fn + F10, for 3 secondsTurn off all backlighting, including custom zones.

Custom Backlight Zones

You may set up custom backlighting zones. This means individual keys that have their own independent backlight. There are two zones that can be controlled separately. They may be turned on and off independently of each other and in addition to the full backlight.

I personally like the full backlight decreased brightness and the currently used macro keys (more on that later) with full Brightness. Breathing mode for the full keyboard also works nicely.

Fn + F11Toggle Zone 1 between OnBreathing Mode, and Off*.
Fn + F12Toggle Zone 2 between OnBreathing Mode, and Off*.
Fn + PrtScrRecord Zone 1.
Fn + PauseRecord Zone 2.
Caps Lock + ↑/↓Increase or decrease custom backlight brightness.
Caps Lock + Scroll LockEnd recording.

Here is a quick walk through on how to program a custom backlight zone. Here we will set WASD to have a custom backlight using Zone 1.

  1. Press Fn + PrtScr to start recording for Zone 1.
  2. Caps Lock will display the brightness to be used for the selected keys. Use Caps Lock + ↑/↓ or to increase or decrease the brightness.
  3. Select the keys you want to select. In this case press WAS and D.
  4. If you selected a key you don’t want simply press it again to unselect it.
  5. Press Caps Lock + Scroll Lock to stop the recording.

Press Fn + F11 to toggle the first layer.


The Ducky One uses Ducky Macro V2.0. If you are reading this post chances are you are what Macros are: Set up a key to replay another key or combination of keys.


The keyboard supports six layers. Layers 2-6 can be configured to use custom macros.

Fn + 1Switch to profile 1, the default layer.
Fn + 2Switch to profile 2.
Fn + 3Switch to profile 3.
Fn + 4Switch to profile 4.
Fn + 5Switch to profile 5.
Fn + 6Switch to profile 6.
Left Windows + Spacebar, for 3 secondsClear macros for current layer.

Macro Recording

Macros may be replayed once or multiple times. The speed with which they are recorded may also be configured.

Fn + Ctrl, for 3 secondsStart recording the macro. Caps Lock will start flashing slowly.
Fn + CtrlStop recording the macro.
Fn + AltContinue recording another macro.
Fn + QWhen the selected key is pressed insert the macro.
Fn + WWhen the selected key is pressed insert the macro until the key is pressed again.
Fn + ERepeat the macro for as long as the key is pressed.
Fn + 1Configure interval to 0.02s
Fn + 2Configure replay interval to 0.1s
Fn + 3Configure replay interval to 0.2s
Fn + 4Configure replay interval to 0.4s
Fn + 5Configure replay interval to 0.8s
Fn + 6Configure replay interval to 1

Per default Macros will be replayed using the speed with which you typed them. Use Fn + 1 to make replay faster, especially if you replay key combinations. Note that you will have to press Fn + 1 before each key you want to replay. If you think this is stupid: I agree.

Here is a quick walk through on how to make the h key replay hello world on layer 2.

  1. Change to layer 2 using Fn + 2. Then press Fn + Ctrl for three seconds. The keys that already have macro functions will light up. Caps Lock will start flashing slowly.
  2. If you want to deactivate macro keys you may press any of the keys with macro functions at this point.
  3. Press the key that you want to assign to a macro. In this case the h key. Caps Lock will start flashing quickly
  4. Optionally configure the speed with which the following key should be replayed using Fn + 1 - 6
  5. Press the key to replay. In this case simply type h.
  6. Optionally configure the speed with which the next key should be replayed using Fn + 1 - 6. Then press the next key. Repeat this step for all the following keys.
  7. Once you are done with entering keys, optionally configure the macro replay function using Fn + Q/W/E.
  8. If you want to assign another macro function press Fn + Alt. To finish press Fn + Ctrl.

Special Macro Keys

The following key combinations serve special functions. Assign them to Macro keys to use them.

Fn + Windows + AMute
Fn + Windows + BVolume Up
Fn + Windows + CVolume Down
Fn + Windows + DPlay/Pause
Fn + Windows + EStop
Fn + Windows + FNext Track
Fn + Windows + GPrevious Track
Fn + Windows + HCalculator
Fn + Windows + IMy Computer
Fn + Windows + JBrowser
Fn + Windows + KMail
Fn + Windows + LMultimedia
Fn + Windows + MSearch
Fn + Windows + NPrevious Page
Fn + Windows + ONext Page
Fn + Windows + PMouse Left Click
Fn + Windows + QMouse Right Click
Fn + Windows + RMouse Middle Click
Fn + Windows + SMouse Cursor Up
Fn + Windows + TMouse Cursor Down
Fn + Windows + UMouse Cursor Left
Fn + Windows + VMouse Cursor Right
Fn + Windows + WMouse Scroll Up
Fn + Windows + XMute

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