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is an option for Dynamic, DynamicModule, Manipulate and related constructs, which specifies an expression to be evaluated when the construct can no longer be displayed or used.
  • The typical usage is Deinitialization:>expr.
  • Deinitialization is typically done when the cell containing a construct is deleted, or when the notebook containing it is closed.
  • Deinitialization will never be performed unless initialization has previously been performed.
  • Deinitialization may be delayed if, for example, a construct appears in an invisible location such as the clipboard.
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