Acrobat Pro, Acrobat Pro Extended, and Acrobat 3D (version 8): You can print a color PDF in shades of gray (also known as grayscale or composite gray). For Windows versions, you can also choose to print all non-white colors as solid black rather than in shades of gray.

Reader and Acrobat Standard: Reader and Acrobat standard do not have a black and white print option. However, many color printers provide this option in the Properties dialog box (available through the Print dialog box).

Print color as shades of gray (Acrobat Pro, Pro Extended, and 3D Version 8)

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. Click the Advanced button at the bottom of the Print dialog box.

    Advanced Print dialog box
  3. From the Color menu, choose Composite Gray.

  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Print dialog box, click OK or Print.

Print color as black (Acrobat Pro, Pro Extended, and 3D Version 8 only | Windows only)

On Windows, you can print all of the non-white colors in your PDF file as black, resulting in a simple monochrome printout. Printing as black is useful for printing PDFs that contain text only, or for printing engineering drawings that have lightly colored lines.

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. Select Print Color As Black. This prints colors as solid black, not in shades of gray.

    Select Print Color as Black

    Note: If the checkbox is dimmed, click the Advanced button. Make sure that Acrobat Default is selected in the Settings menu of the Advanced Print Setup dialog box.

  3. Click OK to print.


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