The Pictures Toolbar for Microsoft Internet Explorer is first of all an easy-to-use image downloader.
The image downloader has been integrated into the Internet Explorer because the Internet Explorer is typically where you look for pictures. When you use the Pictures Toolbar you don't have to start another application to download the pictures - just click the download button and wait while the toolbar handles the rest.
When the pictures have been downloaded they can be viewed inside the Internet Explorer, either individually or as a slideshow.
The toolbar does not present you with a list of all the links found on the current web page and ask you to select the relevant links. Instead the toolbar uses a build-in logic to select the links that are most likely to lead to the pictures you want and follows them automatically.
The toolbar will not just download the pictures on the web page you are viewing - it analyzes the web page and searches all links until the pictures have been found and downloaded. If the links on the first page lead to new web pages instead of to pictures then the new web pages are analyzed and processed in the same way.
By changing the download settings you can make the toolbar either download a single thumbnail gallery, all pictures on a web site or all the pictures that can be found by surfing from any given web page (limited only by the size of your hard disk).
You can limit the number of links the toolbar examines by making a selection on the web page you start downloading from. For example, if you want to download a thumbnail gallery then select all the thumbnails before clicking on the download button.