I (hopefully) can get the normal file displays to show in LIST mode but I see no way to get Save File or Open File lists out of Details mode. Any ideas?

If you go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items, and select "folder options", you can select a lot of default behavior.
Also, you can open a explorer-window and set it as you want it, with list view and layout, size, and such. then you can push "apply to folders" button (in folder options) to make it the default view pattern.

Also you can hit the ALT key on your keyboard to display the FILE,EDIT,TOOLS,HELP,etc menu's at the top of the screen.