Setting Column view as default view


Does anyone know how to set Column view as the default view in the finder? And if so, how do you get it so that hitting a key (e.g. "s") takes you to the files starting with "s" while in Column view? Thanks in advance for your help.

typing the name does take you there, you may have to muddle with the arrow keys as well though. As for making it the default ... I only wish I knew.