You can make it look like the bottom picture easy enough. Right-click on each dimension line and extension line and hide them from the drop-down (1st screenshot). And you should be able to drag the dimension to where you want it, unless it's centered. If that's the case, then right-click on it and go to Display Options and un-check Center Dimension (2nd screenshot).
Personally I prefer the top option in your post, but that's just my opinion. It's guaranteed to be worth what it cost you.