Record Type Once Chosen will Auto Fill for the Rest in the Batch
I've noticed while indexing that usually all the records in a batch are the same record type. This is at least true for the spanish records I've been doing for the past few months. Maybe once you select the record type for the first record, the rest of the records in the batch would default to that type as well.
I think this would make things quicker when indexing but maybe it's a little simpler as it is. Sometimes I guess it's just easier when it's simple. I think it would be nice though.
If you have subsequent entries for the same type of record, you can use the "Copy Text From the Selected Field into All Following Matching Fields" icon (6th from the right) and fill in the entry type. Or you can do this individually using the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + D (on a PC) or Command + D (on a Mac) to ditto the previous fields. That might be a second or two faster.
You would not want to mark all the records the same using the icon if you had 1 of 100 entries though because then you wouldn't have an easy time deleting the unused entries since they wouldn't be blank. For some odd reason, you can't make the entry type field blank after entering data in the field.1
To work around the issue that Melissa raised, you could insert a blank entry where you need to (I.e. just before the string of mostly blank entries) using the icon with the + sign in the middle of the horizontal toolbar . Then you should be able to use the “copy to like fields” icon to blank that record-type field starting with the entry you just inserted into all the unneeded entries, making them totally blank and eligible to be deleted using the trashcan icon.1
Thanks John! I just tried that work-around and it works! Good trick!1