Any idea why links in Illustrator keep embedding themselves? Im certainly not doing it by choice.
Turn off Include Linked Files in the Save dialog.
De-select "Include Linked Files" when you 'Save-As'.
Thanks. Youd think I would have noticed that after 15 years! I think what threw me off is that sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't--I never change the setting.
This worked for me. It isn't an understood command, but it works.