Hiding the corkboard permanently

If I select a few sections from my outline, I want to see the text for those sections but the corkboard comes up instead, so I need to click ‘edit scrivenings’ to see the text. Is there some way to bypass the corkboard?

In that particular situation, no, there is not a way to do that currently. You can set up the way Scrivener reacts to selecting folders and document groups, but multiple selections like that have only one default. I believe this will be improved upon in a future release.