If you are talking about the dialog box you see when you go to File > Open in the Elements Editor, that dialog box is controlled by your OS, not by Elements. All of the settings that you may wish to be changed, such as whether you are using Detail or Thumbnail view, comes from the OS. All that Elements does is remember the last folder you were looking at.
- I imagined this as well that OS XP in Folder Options / View /
Apply to All Folders may set Thumbnail for all other Views in programs,
e.g., Elements. But it doesnt. Any time I have set it in OS, the View in
Elements, when opening a folder, still is displayed in Detail.
- I never was lucky that Elements remembered the last file I was
looking at. It always jumped back to the beginning of the photo-file-list
when I was looking for the next photo to be opened with FILE-OPEN.
1. Elements should start with using whatever option was sent to it by the OS, but if you make changes in the dialog, those changes should be remembered for the next time you use it. So if you changed to Thumbnail from Detail, it should be Thumbnail the next time to come to the dialog. If this is not being remembered, the file that stores this information could be damaged. You may need to recreate your preference file.
2. Elements doesn't remember the last file you opened, it remembers the last folder, and it will always show the top of the list.