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Hello there, @parsonslandscapi.
When you create the invoice transaction, it's possible that you click the Save and send button. That's why the invoice is automatically sent.
You can select the Save and close button when you create the invoice for your customer. I'll guide you how:
Once done, the Save and close will be the default option when saving it.
Then, let's receive the invoice payments. Here's how:
In case you want to personalise the email message that you've sent or turned off the automatically send reminders to customers, just click this article: Automate invoice reminders in QuickBooks Online.
Additionally, I've added an article about viewing your sales transactions in QuickBooks Online. This serves as a guide in checking the status of sales transactions, open invoices, and paid invoices.
Reach out to me anytime if you have additional questions or concerns. I'd be glad to lend a hand. Take good care!