how do i get a patcher thats in a patcher to display at the top level
i got a waveform editor that is two patchers deep and want it on the top
[pcontrol] is one way, as mentioned—you can send it an "open" message, which can be triggered by a key or a MIDI control, for example. Also look at the window commands to [thispatcher], you can have your editor be a floating window so that it’s always on top, until you close it. Just be wary of editing a floating window, most key commands won’t go into it, but mouse actions will. I’d keep it non-floating until you’re done.
window flags float, window exec –> message to [thispatcher]
window flags nofloat, window exec
Also you can look at All Windows Active in the Options menu, with this on windows behave differently… they won’t come to the front unless you click the title bar (rather than anywhere in them). Can be useful for managing multiple windows at once and being able to see what you need.