Hello Jeff Mah,
Thank you for using our services.
I am attaching the modified LibraryList-Libs.ascx
(~\Sitefinity\Admin\ControlTemplates\Libraries\LibraryList-Libs.ascx) template where List view mode is set as default. As for the second question, it will require some coding and probably it will not be so easy to achieve this. We have implemented searching by categories, name, size and so. I will add your idea as a future request for further consideration.
I hope this helps.
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