Creating an array with list of names in Excel

I know this should be very simple, but I cannot find out how to create an array (string) of names using a list of names in Excel. Attached is the excel file with the names. I am hoping to store the names in an array and then search for each of the names in a text file using the for each loop.

Thanks for the help.LastNames.xlsx (9.4 KB)


I know you can do this with LINQ using .Select()

It would look like this:

dt1.AsEnumerable.Select(Function(row) row("column").ToString.Trim).ToArray

You can also manipulate the string if you choose by changing the value inside the Select()
You can also take only unique values by adding .Distinct after the Select