Is it possible to make find mode the default mode in a layout?
I do not know of method of making Find the default. The windows mode is not at the layout level. You can use script trigger OnLayoutEnter with single step of Enter Find mode(). Be sure to include Enter Browse Mode() OnLayoutExit.
Thanks. That works for me.
One more question: if "no records match this find criteria" can I script to copy the find and paste it into a new record in a different layout?
I know how to script to go to a new layout and add a new record. So I just need help with copying the find and pasting it.
You would need to know the fields they entered criteria into or you would need to loop all fields testing for value and then writing the field name and value to variable to then create a new record and fill the fields. You could also use globals but here is pseudo-script concept:
# first provide User ability to search
Enter Find Mode [ pause ]
Set Error Capture [ on ] ... stops error message
Perform Find 
If [ Get ( FoundCount ) ]. ... records found
Go To Layout [ data-entry layout ]
... No records so create record from find criteria which still exists
Modify Last Find
... Loop the fields looking for values and set variable
But wait ... what if User enters name and address but the person has moved? This type of automation works but has its limits. What fields are on the find layout?
Also keep in mind that using Modify Last Find would fail if the User had multiple find requests because it would only retrieve the last request. Globals would protect from this but prohibit multiple requests unless you used repetitions to hold the multiple requests.
Usually however, only one request is executed by Users. But I thought I should mention it just in case it came up.
Retrieving data ...