This is a summary of replies that I recieved on my auto-fill question. Thanks
for the input.
I had asked about turning off auto-fill. When a new check matches an
old institution, but the transaction is totally different, the gnucash
feature of filling in the account, amount, etc is not a plus as it takes more
time to eraset the old (particularly a split).
1. A few comments confused auto-completion (hit the colon to finish an
account name) and auto fill. I'm only talking about the complete fill of
a line that occurs with the TAB key.
2. Several people agreed with the idea of adding this as a feature.
split the function: TAB moves, <alt>F fills (or some other keystroke)
a user-preference controls auto-fill-on-tab
alternate keystroke: <alt>TAB for instance is tab-without-fill
I guess I need to post this to a different list as a request? The mailing
list instructions weren't clear.
3. David T posted a very good workaround. It turns out that for purposes
of auto-fill, a payee of "Charlie's auto" and "Charlies autox<backspace>",
i.e., add an x and then erase it, are not the same, so the latter will not
cause an auto-fill.
This is almost as good as my suggestions in 2 above --- if it were added
to the documentation. Since I am a fast touch typist I like the above better,
as I would want auto-fill on about 1 transaction in 5, and it would be faster
to split the keys.