This is one of the things that this case/keyboard combo does better that any other! The keyboard is NOT removable, HOWEVER it can be flipped around to the back for sketching/writing/tablet use. When you do that, it automatically disables the physical keyboard. If you press the keys while it’s in the back, it doesn’t do anything because it’s disabled. It works really well. If you are in a text editing app like Notes when you flip the keyboard to the back, the iPad will automatically switch to the virtual keyboard. When you bring the keyboard back around to the front, it switches from the virtual on-screen keyboard to the physical keyboard.