You just need to open the folder when you create a new contact. If you use the outlook feature to create contacts by right clicking on an address in email, you need to use the Move to folder command to move the contact to the correct folder instead of using the save and close command.
Thanks, I may be misunderstanding or I may not have described what I want in enough detail.
I have 2 pst files, one is for personal use and one is for business.
I have always had both files opened when I use Outlook. I have not paid attention to where the contacts are stored. The personal file has always been the default file.
I now want to be able to have both OR either pst files open at my choosing. I what to have my personal contacts in my personal pst file and my business contacts in my business pst file. Therefore, when the personal pst file is open as it only contains the personal contacts, only they will be shown, ditto for the business pst contacts.
Is this possible ?
If so, when both pst files are open can / will all contacts from both pst files be shown ?
You'd need to use 1 profile for each account to only see contacts for one account. If both pst files are in the profile, you'll be able to access the contacts in both pst files. Sorry. There is no way to lock the folders or block one account from using the other account's contacts.
Outlook 2010 and 2013 do a better job about keeping contacts separate, at least if you use a separate data file for each account and use the default address book settings. When you click the To button, you'll see the contacts for the current account first and creating new contacts while viewing the folders in one account will add the contact to that account's pst.