If I want to export a CMYK document as RGB, is it best to go into every swatch, and every placed link, and make sure all the colours are set to RGB before exporting?

Or can I just set it to sRGB under the Color Conversion section when exporting a PDF? Will that be enough?

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The CMYK gamut fits entirely into the RGB gamut. So, every color possible with CMYK is also possible with RGB. You won't get "clipped" colors moving from CMYK -> RGB.
Vice versa is not true. RGB -> CMYK will possibly "clip" colors due to the smaller CMYK gamut.

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In general, this comes down to how finicky you are about color. For most, just exporting a CMYK document to PDF and setting the output intent to RGB is sufficient.

I create a ton of CMYK documents for press and merely export directly to an RGB PDF for email/web distribution. I've never had a reason to complain or to specifically build RGB documents.

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