troubleshooting Question datetimepicker behavior

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I have an app that runs  on a tablet.  The virtual keyboard is a pain to use so I am trying to accomplish as much as possible by using the limited buttons (up, down, left and right arrows and Enter button) on the exterior of the tablet.

I want to allow the user to move through the controls on the form by pressing the Enter button (this is an actual button not a virtual keyboard key).  This is working fine using the KeyPress event and:
If e.KeyChar = Microsoft.VisualBasic.ChrW(Keys.Return) Then SendKeys.Send("{TAB}")
until I am moving from a textbox to a datetimepicker.  

When the datetimepicker gets focus i use
the calendar opens, immediately closes and the month (of the current date) which is set at form load is highlighted.

What I would like to happen is for the user to press the Enter button and the "Tab" is sent and the datetimepicker gets focus, is for the control to open and remain open until a date is chosen.

I can simulate all of this behavior on my pc.  Using the Enter Key produces the same problematic behavior.  Using the actual Tab Key produces the desired behavior.  But again the keyboard on the device is not a good option.
Mike Tomlinson
High School Computer Science, Computer Applications, Digital Design, and Mathematics Teacher
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