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The new catalog opens with the same module selected in which the previous catalog was.
If you were working in develop module in your previous catalog, then the new catalog would open in the same module.
However, you can go to file menu and choose Import Photos and videos to go to the import mode from Develop module itself.
Is there a way to have this done automatically? The first thing I do when I open a new Catalog is drag a bunch of photos onto the Lightroom window, only to be reminded that it's in Develop mode...
Note that this also happens when I create a new Catalog straight from the "Choose Catalog" window (I have my Lightroom set to always ask which Catalog to open on startup). I do that often enough to warrant a search for a simpler solution.
No way to do it automatically, but pressing G to go to the grid mode in the library doesn't seem too burdensome to me.
So I find as well. I shall try to remember that.
dj_paige, I'm accepting Your answer because You have (at least partially) solved an issue I was having.
I would also like to give points (if I can outside the accepted answer) to Chetna Srivastava for explaining the default behavior.
I think you can click on "Helpful"