Set List View Options in the Finder on Your MacBook
You can use the View Options dialog on your MacBook to change settings for windows that you view in list mode. As in icon view, changes you make in this dialog normally apply only to the current window, but you can click Use as Defaults to assign these settings to all windows that you view in list mode.
If you’re viewing the active window in list view, choose View→Show View Options to display the View Options dialog.
The other list view settings include
Always Open in List View: Select this check box and Lion will open all Finder windows in list view. (If deselected, new windows use the last view mode you used.)
Browse in List View: When this check box is enabled, Lion uses the current folder’s view settings as you browse through any subordinate folders (no matter what the view settings are for those subfolders).
Arrange By: Click this pop-up menu to automatically separate items within the window with dividers, sorted by one of the following criteria from its pop-up menu: by name; kind (item type); application (the default application that opens each file type); date last opened; date added; date modified; date created; size; or the icon label you’ve assigned.
Sort By: If the Arrange By pop-up menu is set to None, click this pop-up menu to automatically sort the display of icons in a window by choosing one of the following criteria: by name; kind (item type); application (the default application that opens each file type); date last opened; date added; date modified; date created; size; or icon label.
Resizing your icons: You can choose from two sizes of icons.
Resizing icon label text: Click the up and down arrows to the right of the Text Size pop-up menu to choose the font size (in points) for icon labels.
Show Columns: Select the check boxes under this heading to display additional columns in list view, including the date that the item was modified, the creation date, the date the file was last opened, the date the file was added to your system, the size, the item type, the version (supplied by most applications), the label color, and any comments you’ve added in the Info dialog for that item.
Use Relative Dates: Select this check box to display modification dates and creation dates with relative terms, such as Today or Yesterday. If this freaks you out, deselect this check box to force all dates to act like adults.
Calculate All Sizes: Select this check box to have Mac OS X display the actual sizes of folders, including all the files and subfolders they contain. (Handy for figuring out where all your disk space went, no?) Note: Using this option takes processing time, so I recommend that you avoid using it unless you really need to see the size.
Show Icon Preview: Select this check box to display preview icons for image files. (Again, this takes extra processing time, and the image preview icons are pretty doggone small in list view, so this feature may be of limited value to you.)
To save your settings, click the dialog’s Close button (or press Command+J).