Can you post an example that shows this?
Have you tried removing the footer section of the target layout and then put it back?
After you go to the layout displayed as a list, are you refreshing the window?
This sounds similar to an issue I had where buttons on the footer wouldn't show up. If I went to layout mode, then back to browse, the button would appear. My solution was a script trigger upon layout entry:
Enter Preview mode 
Enter Browse mode