Was asked this question recently and found a great tweaking guide for Windows Mobile phones. All you have to do to Change Start Menu to List View Instead of Large Icon View:

  1. Navigate to \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shell\StartMenu
  2. 2a: Change the GridView value to 0 if you want list view.
    2b: Change the GridView value to 1 if you want grid (large icon) view.

This guide is designed for the T-Mobile Dash or HTC Excalibur but it might work for other Windows Mobile phones as well.

If you're interested, read it here: http://www.htcwiki.com/page/The+Dash+FAQ

As with ALL registry hacks here's the disclaimer:

Please understand that modifying the registry can result in complete damage to your phone, do not modify the registry if you are not comfortable doing so. These hacks are just that, hacks, they are not guaranteed to produce the same results on all phones. Modify your registry at your own risk. We do not take any responsibility for these hacks.