Every time I try to relink an image in my project, illustrator is automatically embedding the photo, rather than simply relinking. This just started this morning. I was having this issue while working on macOS Ventura 13, then realized there was an OS update, so I updated my machine. Now I'm working on macOS Ventura 13.1 (the most recent update), and this issue is still happening. I went through the preferences panel and couldn't seem to find anything. Any thoughts? Thanks!
I hope the suggestions shared by Monika helped resolve the problem. If not, kindly share the exact version of the OS/Illustrator installed and screenshots/screen recordings of the problem so we can investigate this further.