Sorry to bump an older post, but I am having the same issue as the OP. I've set my preferences to default to Compact view with a zoom level of 66% as well, but upon opening new folders, they still default to Compact view at 100% zoom level...?
Also, does Nautilus have some sort of "apply view settings to all folders" setting?
Last edited by darkstrike
on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:38 am, edited 1 time in total.