How can I add contacts from incoming email messages to Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, but not in the default Contacts folder?

The trick for adding contacts to an alternative location is to not use the Save and Close button on the new contact. Follow these steps:

  1. In the message header, right-click the sender's name or address.
  2. From the context menu, select Add to Contacts. A new contact record will appear.
  3. Choose File, Move to Folder, then select the folder from the Move Item To dialog and click OK.

Alternatively, you can display the Folder List navigation pane and drag the message to the contacts folder where you want to store the new contact. That will display a new contact containing the sender's information, along with the text of the incoming message, so that you can retain some context to help you remember why you added that person.