I'm new to CS4 Illustrator, and have not been able to find out how to change the artboard color. Does anyone know how to do this?
With nothing selected, click the Document Setup button in the Control bar. Check the "Simulate Colored Paper" box under the Transparency Section. Then click the white and grey color boxes and set them to the same color. It will give the artboard a color which will not print.
Draw a rectangle the same size as your artboard. Place it on the bottom most layer and lock it so it doesn't move.
If you want to get Black, Gray & White for artboard color, go to Edit > Preferences > User Interface, and choose the "Brightness" color for the whole window brightness.
Or If you want to use as white artboard background, choose " Canvas color - White ".