On previous versions of ubuntu, I used to add Thunderbird to the top menu bar so I could launch it quickly. Occasionally, I would want to use a more recent version of Thunderbird so I would download it directly from Mozilla and put it in my ~/bin/ directory. I would then right click on the Thunderbird icon on my top menu bar and edit the preferences to point to the new version.
I am now using 12.04, but there is no longer a 'preferences' item on the menu for the icons in the launcher. How can I switch the Thunderbird icon to use my newer version?