I have a large color PDF that I can easily view greyscale in Foxit Reader:

foxit color controls

Unfortunately various bits of text end up in ridiculously light shades of grey. Similar, but not direct, questions include:

How can I force a PDF to display only in pure black and white?

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    Where does the file come from? Perhaps it is better to make it black and white in the original format? – vonbrand Jan 29 '13 at 16:27
  • It is an autocad drawing, but I don't have autocad. – Bryce Feb 5 '13 at 15:40
  • Personally, i do hate it. So many years - 2017, FoxItReader 8.1, the problem still not solved. Yet. And plenty-plenty non-printable ok docs... And command line converting instead of using already present checkboxes... I do hate it. – WebComer Mar 10 '17 at 10:47

ImageMagick is free and cross-platform. This command should work:

convert <input> -threshold xx% <output>

For example:

convert original.pdf -threshold 50% new.pdf

You'll have to set the threshold to taste.

  • Hi @Kev , would you tell me how to do that in IMDisplay.exe , please? – Santosa Sandy Apr 15 '15 at 5:30
  • @SantosaSandy sorry I honestly never use IMDisplay.exe so I don't know whether it's possible nor, if so, how. – Kev Apr 15 '15 at 12:08

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