Stack Overflow The Key Macropad

The Key Has Come to Life

Some say a programmer’s best solution is a simple two-step process: copy and paste. On April 1st, 2021, Stack Overflow proved it. On that fateful day, each time users went to copy a piece of code, they were met with a pop-up for a fake product. It was called The Key: an ultra-compact macropad advertised as the new (and only) way to copy and paste on the platform. As it turns out, roughly one fourth of Stack Overflow’s 15 million users tries to copy and paste within five minutes of visiting the site. An even greater number saw the joke and loved it, with many demanding that The Key be developed in earnest. So, naturally, we teamed up with Stack Overflow to make it happen. What started as an April Fool’s gag is now a full-fledged macropad—designed by our very own community member Cassidy, with a portion of proceeds benefiting digitalundivided.

Note: Thank you for the overwhelming response and we are sold out of all available inventory. The Key is now up for a pre-order. All pre-orders for The Key are expected to ship by December 20, 2021.

Stack Overflow The Key Macropad
Stack Overflow The Key Macropad
Stack Overflow The Key Macropad

Programmable, Durable, Feature-Loaded

When we say The Key is no joke, we mean it. Harnessing the power of community-driven design, we worked closely with Stack Overflow to take this macropad from punchline to high-performance product. Fully programmable, these three keys can do much more than copy and paste. In fact, you can configure them to perform virtually any key command you want. They’re also outfitted with Kailh Box Black switches to deliver an ultra-smooth linear feel. For the final design, we enlisted the help of Drop community member cassidoo—bringing her concept to life in a black, CNC-machined aluminum case topped with custom XDA profile keycaps sporting the Stack Overflow logo. Sleek, sturdy, and engineered to impress, The Key can hold its own in any enthusiast’s setup.

Stack Overflow The Key Macropad
Stack Overflow The Key Macropad
Stack Overflow The Key Macropad
Stack Overflow The Key Macropad

Limited Quantities to Benefit a Great Cause

Since its inception, Stack Overflow has stood by a singular cause: empowering the world to develop technology through collective knowledge. In line with this mission, The Key will benefit an equally great cause. A portion of proceeds from every sale will go to digitalundivided: a social startup with 501(c)3 status that merges data and heart to develop innovative initiatives that catalyze economic growth in Black and Latinx communities. If that isn’t reason enough to add the The Key to your arsenal, our limited quantities might be. Don’t wait to unlock your desktop’s true potential.

Stack Overflow The Key Macropad


  • Drop + Stack Overflow
  • Designed by Cassidy
  • 3-key configurable macropad
  • QMK programmable
  • Case material: CNC-machined aluminum with an anodized black finish
  • Switches: Kailh Black Box switches
  • Keycaps: Custom Stack Overflow-branded XDA profile keycaps


We get it. Sometimes what you ordered just doesn’t work out. If that’s the case for you, don’t fret! All customers (both US and international) may return this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.


Estimated ship date is Dec 20, 2021 PT.

Payment will be collected at checkout.

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Oh yes…the only thing I need to finish my PhD in Computer Science
Lookin good!
Dark Jades swapped in!
Reaching my true potential.
Beautifully made.
The SO Kbd next to my Keychron K1 and my Stream Deck.
Had to match my ghostly blue caps, love this little guy.
"Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Greatest artists copy, then paste."
Nicely packaged!
Macropad in action in our tech booth set up with space, volume up, volume down with custom keys
Fits right in.
Worth every penny, my hand thanks me daily
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