Extension: Removing/reordering Launcher categories

I am attempting to customise the Launcher for a JupyterLab session for students, specifically by arranging important links at the top of the launcher. However, category order seems to be hard-coded using KNOWN_CATEGORIES = [‘Notebook’, ‘Console’, ‘Other’], so any items I add either need to be in or below these categories.

Is there a simple way to override KNOWN_CATEGORIES and/or remove the other items in the Notebook category without creating an entire separate custom Launcher extension, as suggested here or here?

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Short answer is no, there isn’t a simple way to override those categories. It looks like those categories are hardcoded in the existing Launcher, so either a PR to the existing launcher to make it more configurable, or replacing the core Launcher with your own, seem like the natural options for moving forward.