SpotOff with Spot-O-Meter allows a user to disable, enable, and determine the percentage of system resources Spotlight is using on a system. During intense periods of Spotlight indexing, Spotlight can consume a considerable amount of CPU resources. When Spotlight resource consumption is high, a user may experience such things as abnormally slow application loading and execution, pauses and interruptions during online video viewing, interruptions in games, and in the case of laptop users, a shortening of their systems battery life. Spot-O-Meter allows a user to monitor Spotlight activity, and SpotOff allows a user to disable and re-enable it on demand. This allows the user to use their systems at optimum speed when they need it, and allow Spotlight indexing to occur at a more convenient time.