Setting CMYK Illustrator files to print in grayscale on a color printer

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Hi, when I searched on this topic I found an answer from 3 years ago but it doesn't work for me, so I'm wondering if there's a new answer for Creative Cloud. I would like to save money by printing some full color Illustrator files in grayscale (on a color printer). I know I can convert to Grayscale in Edit>Colors, but I was hoping for something in the Print dialog box that would, among other things, work for more than one file at once. Something like for Acrobat, where you can set a button to Print Grayscale. I don't see any Grayscale options under Color Management>Printer Profile, which was where it apparently was 3 years ago. Is there an easy solution to this that I'm missing? Thanks.

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Print Setup > Color Management > Printer profile

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rmaps wrote:

Something like for Acrobat, where you can set a button to Print Grayscale.

I'd open in Illustrator, save as PDF, print from Acrobat using the Print in Grayscale feature.

Maybe not what you're looking for, but second nature for me since Acrobat is the ONLY CC app from which I ever print directly.

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Some people did this accidentlly by selecting a grayscale color profile in their print dialog.

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But how? Where?

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Print Setup > Color Management > Printer profile

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There is not a grayscale option in the printer profile

 

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It shows the profiles you have installed. Source a greyscale profile, install it, try again.

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