Can I make shortcuts to .cia games?

I want to make a Windows shortcut to a game to click on which then launches the game directly into Citra.

I know how to do this for .3ds files. But how can I do this for installed .cia files? Is that even possible?

In order for us to provide better support, we need to see the log generated by Citra. This guide will walk you through how you can obtain the log file: How to Upload the Log File.

Games installed from .cia files already show up in a list under “Installed Titles”.

Or do you mean like Windows shortcuts? The question is a bit ambiguous.

I meant Windows shortcuts. I have edited the OP to make it more clear.

Either dump your game as CXI instead of CIA and use it like you used your 3DS files to create a shortcut.
Or use the APP file that was installed by using the CIA. To find the APP file right click your installed game in Citra and select “Open Application Location”. You might find 2 files, the bigger one is the game, the smaller one is just the manual (not supported by Citra).