If you mean the file open dialog box, then there are two ways.
The first, is the right most button along the top of the dialog box. Sort of a blue and white box, with little dots in it, and an arrow off to the side. Click on that, and select "Icons". Or, right click somewhere down where the files are listed, just not ON a file, and under the View submenu will be the same set of choices. Select "Icons" again. If the Icons view isn't what you wanted, you can try all the others until you find the one you do want.
In Open Office (2.4 version), after clicking on File > Open, how do I get the listing of my saved documents to appear (on a full page display) such that the names of about five documents appear per line, rather than the name of just one document per line??
I prefer the former appearance because it minimizes the need for scrolling down the big list.
In fact I ?somehow? used to get for a while the listing in the above preferred manner, and ?somehow? I am back to the listing of one document per line. In either situation, I do not know what accidental change I must have done!