777, you don't mention what OS you're using. I use 8.1 and have never discovered a way to change the default. However, I disovered a nifty OS enhancement called FinderViewContextMenu. It allows you to set up several combinations of window settings and name them yourself. You then have a contextual menu to change several attributes at once. With a one click, slide, slide, release, I go from large icons that don't snap to the window grid, to small buttons, arranged by name - or whatever. I called that one KAbNsmB for keep arranged by name, small buttons. Of course, you can set up your list preferences too. You just have to open a window, change it with the conventional two or three menu clicks, and then name it in FVCM. It's quick, simple, and convenient, and it's only $9 as I recall. It works with OS8, but I don't know about 9. I'm sure you can find a link for it using a search engine.