This guide will explain how to select in µTorrent which files to download within a torrent's associated content.
There are two sections in the guide, one for selecting before adding the torrent and the other for deselecting after the torrent has been added to µTorrent. If you want to always have this option, then you will use the before loading section. If you only want to do this occassionally, you should view the after loading section.
There is a known glitch in µTorrent (and BitTorrent) when adding magnet links. The Add New Torrent screen will show a blank where the files should be located. When using magnet links, you can only deselect after adding to µTorrent. Note that many of the links at ThePirateBay are magnet links, even if they say "get torrent file".
ThePirateBay is the only site I know of where this can be an issue as they are switching to magnet links only. To avoid this magnet link issue, you can search at Torrentz, which lists all torrents available at TPB (as well as other sites) and almost always will have a link to a site that has the torrent file for the exact same content or Bitsnoop, which indexes many trackers and will almost always have a torrent file for the same content. Also, you can copy the Info hash from TPB and enter it in to the search box at either of those sites and you will almost always find the torrent file.
NOTE: The most recent versions of µTorrent (3.2) and BitTorrent (7.7) have resolved the magnet link issue above.
For a listing of the other µTorrent (or BitTorrent) help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware, please see
For a listing of all the bittorrent help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware, please see
Selecting Files to Download Before Loading Torrent in µTorrent
The option to select files before adding to µTorrent, is on the Add New Torrent Screen. The option to show this screen is located at Options>Preferences>UI Settings as shown in image below.
Enable the option by putting a check in the appropriate box and press OK. Note the last part of that option refers to "advanced mode".
Note: In newer versions of µTorrent the wording of this option has changed as in the image below. This option is in the same location as the image above. Advanced Mode still needs to be set in order to see the options to select files (and save location).
Setting Advanced Mode
In the far right hand side of the toolbar is the toggle option between advanced and basic mode.
For the option above to work, the display must be in Advanced mode. This is how the toggle and the torrent display will look in advanced mode.
This is how the toggle and torrent display will look in basic mode.
The display must be in Advanced mode in order for the Add New Torrent window to show.
Using The Add New Torrent Screen
After you have set the mode to Advanced the Add New Torrent window will display. This window may display minimized at first. If it does, you need to press the arrow in the lower left hand corner to expand as shown in image below.
After pressing the arrow, the full Add New Torrent screen will display and you will see the option to deselect files.
You may deselect the files you do not want by unticking the box next to the file. When done Press OK.
Selecting Files to Download After Loading Torrent in µTorrent
If you only want to deselect files on occassion, then using the above will create unnecessary steps when you add a torrent. You can deselect files within a torrent's associated content after adding the torrent to µTorrent as follows.
Highlight the torrent whose files you wish to deselect. Best to Pause or Stop the torrent before deselecting files.
After that, go to the Files tab on the bottom part of the µTorrent screen. (If you are not seeing this, then select Options>Show detailed info and be in Advanced Mode as above). Highlight the file(s) you do not wish to download, then right-click on a selected file and select Don't Download.
Using the above steps, you will now be able to select which files you wish to download through µTorrent.
If you have any questions, please post here or in our Forum.
You may also wish to check out the other guides for µTorrent here at Gizmo's Freeware: